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A corpus-based approach to discourses of refugees and asylum seekers in UN and newspaper texts.

Baker, Paul and McEnery, Tony (2005) A corpus-based approach to discourses of refugees and asylum seekers in UN and newspaper texts. Journal of Language and Politics, 4 (2). pp. 197-226. ISSN 1569-9862

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Abstract

A corpus-based analysis of discourses of refugees and asylum seekers was carried out on data taken from a range of British newspapers and texts from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees website, both published in 2003. Concordances of the terms refugee(s) and asylum seeker(s) were examined and grouped along patterns which revealed linguistic traces of discourses. Discourses which framed refugees as packages, invaders, pests or water were found in newspaper texts, although there were also cases of negative discourses found in the UNHCR texts, revealing how difficult it is to disregard dominant discourses. Lexical choice was found to be an essential aspect of maintaining discourses of asylum seekers — collocational analyses of terms like failed vs. rejected revealed the underlying attitudes of the writers towards the subject.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Language and Politics
Uncontrolled Keywords: collocation ; concordance ; corpus ; discourse ; refugee
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 1773
Deposited By: Professor Tony McEnery
Deposited On: 25 Feb 2008 16:23
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2013 16:16
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/1773

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