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‘The moral in the story’: a diachronic investigation of lexicalised morality in the UK Press

Alan Partington

in Corpora

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780748640607
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748671502 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748640607.003.0004
‘The moral in the story’: a diachronic investigation of lexicalised morality in the UK Press

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This chapter explores the discourses surrounding whatever is explicitly identified as a moral issue in the SiBol corpora. This analysis is mainly diachronic but will combine a variety of parameters in order to access patterns of change/stability across different newspapers, within a single newspaper in time, across different news types, across topics and in the broader context of recent history. A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies (CADS) methodology is adopted –merging, and shunting between quantitative and qualitative approaches. The analysis investigates morality related lexical items, their collocations, the surrounding contexts, and the news items and topics they are framed within, in an attempt to offer a general picture of the topic, while also aiming to provide an in-depth understanding of what the press means or projects by moral.

Keywords: corpus linguistics; discourse analysis; corpus-assisted discourse studies; concordance keywords; collocation analysis; funneling; metaphors; morality

Chapter.  10500 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Computational Linguistics

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