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Acceptable bias?:Using corpus linguistics methods with critical discourse analysis

Baker, Paul (2012) Acceptable bias?:Using corpus linguistics methods with critical discourse analysis. Critical Discourse Studies, 9 (3). pp. 247-256. ISSN 1740-5904

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Abstract

This paper considers the proposal that corpus linguistics approaches can improve the objectivity of critical discourse analysis research, resulting in a more robust and valid set of findings. Taking a recent project which examined the representation of Islam and Muslims in the British press, corpus-driven procedures identified that Muslims tended to be linked to the concept of extreme belief much more than moderate or strong belief. There were differences across newspapers, with 1 in 8 Muslims describing it as extreme in The People while this figure was 1 in 35 for The Guardian. Such patterns of quantification, however, still require researchers to carry out their own critical interpretations with regard to what counts as acceptable frequencies.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Critical Discourse Studies
Uncontrolled Keywords: corpus linguistics ; Islam ; bias ; extremism ; CDA
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 58804
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Oct 2012 10:27
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 10:27
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58804

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