A corpus-based study of language ideologies in newspaper discourse: the expression of attitudes towards English in Norway
Høgskolen i Hedmark
Thursday 31 January 2013, 14.15; room 489 PAM
In this talk I will discuss some central methodological challenges involved in a project with the working title ”A corpus-based study of language ideologies in newspaper discourse: the expression of attitudes towards English in Norway”. While the project is not specifically related to English language research, the methods are partly based on corpus linguistics, as is the case with several other similarly oriented projects (e.g. Baker et al. 2008; Deneire 2012; Freake 2012). At this stage a pilot version of the project exists which has triggered a number of questions related to methodology. Some involve basic issues concerning representativity and reliability in the corpus compilation process, while others implicate more specific, project-related issues concerning the use of corpus linguistic methods to uncover recurrent discursive patterns in the material.
Baker, P., C. Gabrielatos, M. Khosravinik, M. Krzyzanowski, T. McEnery & R. Wodak. (2008). A useful methodological synergy? Combining critical discourse analysis and corpus linguistics to examine discourses of refugees and asylum seekers in the UK press. Discourse and Society 19(3): 273-306.
Deneire, M. (2012). Images of English in the French press. Conference presentation, English in Europe: Debates and Discourses, U of Sheffield.
Freake, R. (2012). A cross-linguistic corpus-assisted discourse study of language ideologies in Canadian newspapers. Proceedings of the 2011 Corpus Linguistics Conference, Birmingham University. Available at http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/documents/college-artslaw/corpus/conference-archives/2011/Paper-17.pdf.