Searching for similarity using corpus-assisted discourse studies

Taylor, Charlotte (2013) Searching for similarity using corpus-assisted discourse studies. Corpora, 8 (1). pp. 81-113. ISSN 1749-5032

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It has often been noted that corpus-assisted discourse analysis is inherently comparative (e.g., Partington, 2009), but, in this paper, I want to emphasise that such comparison does not exclusively entail the analysis of difference and that the analysis of similarity can be productively incorporated into the framework. As Baker (2006: 182) notes, the way that differences and similarities interact with each other is ‘an essential part of any comparative corpus-based study of discourse’. In this paper, first, I outline why the search for similarity is relevant to the analysis of discourse using corpus linguistics; I then go on to assess some possible ways of doing this; and, finally, I take the representation of boy/s and girl/s in British broadsheet newspapers as an example.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of English > English
Subjects: P Language and Literature
Depositing User: Charlotte Taylor
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2015 13:45
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 00:46

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