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A Useful Methodological Synergy? Combining Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics to Examine Discourses of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK Press

TitleA Useful Methodological Synergy? Combining Critical Discourse Analysis and Corpus Linguistics to Examine Discourses of Refugees and Asylum Seekers in the UK Press
Publication TypeJournal Article
CountryUnited Kingdom
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsBaker, P., C. Gabrielatos, M. KhosraviNik, M. Krzyzanowski, T. McEnery, and R. Wodak
Journal TitleDiscourse and Society
Volume19
Issue3
Pagination273-306
PublisherSage
Type of Workco-authored journal article
1) Abstract

The article argues for the compatibility of corpus linguistics with critical discourse analysis and how this synergy should look. The article is based on the RAS project conducted at Lancaster University which used such a method to analyse a 140million word corpus British newspaper articles about refugees, asylum seekers and immigrants.

2.1) Publication LanguageEnglish
2.2) Type & Structure

33 pages
Introduction, five sections and concluding remarks

2.3) Original Research or Not

Yes

3.1) Main Issues

The main issue addressed is the methodological synergy of critical discourse analysis with corpus linguistics. To this end, a framework for a corpus based approach to discourse analysis is proposed by the authors.

3.2) Media

140 million word corpus of from British newspapers over a ten-year period (1996-2005). Articles came from twelve national newspapers.

3.3) Media Genres

Newspaper articles

3.4) Key Theories

Critical discourse analysis, especially the discourse historical approach.
Corpus lingustics

4.1) Relevance

Because this paper does not concentrate on specific newspapers, its general relevance is low, although other papers based on the same RASIM project are very relevant.
Furthermore, the base research would be extremely useful.

Keywordscontent, discourse, discrimination, language, representation, United Kingdom
Tagsasylum seeker, corpus linguistics, critical discourse, immigrant, refugee