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From ‘politically correct councillors’ to ‘Blairite nonsense’: discourses of ‘political correctness’ in three British newspapers.

Johnson, S. and Culpeper, Jonathan and Suhr, S. (2003) From ‘politically correct councillors’ to ‘Blairite nonsense’: discourses of ‘political correctness’ in three British newspapers. Discourse and Society, 14 (1). pp. 29-47. ISSN 0957-9265

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Abstract

This article explores discourses of `political correctness' (`PC') in a corpus of articles gathered from three broadsheet newspapers in the UK between 1994 and 1999. Using the software package WordSmith Tools (Scott, 1999) two types of analysis were undertaken: first, a numerical count of so-called `PC'-related terms (`political correctness', `politically correct', etc.) in each of the three newspapers; and second, a compilation of the `keywords' which occurred most frequently within the corpus in relation to the term `political correctness'. Our study reveals an overall decline in the use of `PC'-related terms throughout the period in question, but suggests some interesting shifts in the way in which discourses of `political correctness' have been drawn upon as a means of framing debates over the British Labour Party.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Discourse and Society
Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus linguistics • newspaper discourse • `political correctness'
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1059
Deposited By: Dr Jonathan Culpeper
Deposited On: 29 Jan 2008 15:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 17 Sep 2013 10:54
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1059

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