week 2

Martedi, 03 Novembre 2015, 10:05
Here are the materials from the second week. Krishnamurty's Corpus analytic methods gives an overwiew of many of the concepts we looke dat last week and aidea of the different text types that can be investigated. COulthard's Forensic applications gives examples of this particular branch of corpus work.
In class we looked at interactive discourse and how different aspects of interaction can be identified from keywords and concordance lines. We practised with corpora taken from presidential debates.

Lesson slides and materials

Martedi, 03 Novembre 2015, 09:56
THis is where I will leave materials (mostly powerpoint slides) and texts used in class and useful articles.
PMinD has chapters illustrating many different aspects of CADS from evaluation to irony, metaphor and interaction (interactive instittutional discourse, parliamentary inquiries, WHite house briefings and a number of othe rdiscourse types) as well as an account of the SiBol project which deals with newspaper language.
The CASS glossary should help you with terminology.
We examined the background to corpus approaches to discourse analysis and some basic techniques (The armchair and the Machine, the discipline of Corpus LInguistics).
In particular we examined the ways in which concordance lines can give us information about words and phrases and the find of information we can get from concordance lines (COncordancing, Procedures for reading concordances).
We saw how a project which looked at newspapers over a long period of time was able to capture some significant generalisations about newspaper language (time lapse CADS, an MD CADS look at attitudes to national identity in the British press).
The SiBol project involved making wordlists and a key words list. We compared the keywords for 1993 and 2005 for information about changes in the papers (kw 05 and 93).
The recommended book by Paul Baker goes into detail about all the techniques for those who did not attend class.
Key concepts: collocation, keywords, concordance.

week 4

Martedi, 03 Novembre 2015, 09:18
This week was dedicated to looking at how we engage with our data and hands on workshops. Among the tasks were
How does an author construct identity and character? Can we get information from wordlists and concordance lines or is close reading necessary? text used: Where angels fear to tread
How do we find the linguistic features of a discourse type? Results from using different kinds of reference corpus. Texts used: a corpus of editorials and a corpus of news reports from the same sources. Using keyword lists and concordance reading to find the main characteristics of the different text types.
How do we find the style of an author and information about the content area or issues that the author is dealing with.

week 3

Martedi, 03 Novembre 2015, 09:16
This week we looked in more detail at evaluation and the way in which it can be identified in a corpus. We looked at evaluation in a newspaper corpus and in TV news and in class tried to identify evaluation in the presidential and vicepresidential debates. We also began to consider the process of building a corpus and carried out the compilation of a small corpus of introductions to papers on corpus linguistics in order to identify the main phraseologies. We used the Book of abstracts from CL2015 for this exercise.
An example of corpus analysis as it was applied to television news was given, both in comparison with newspapers and other corpora over the same time period (the accent on affect) and a comparison between different transnational news programmes (RT,AJ, CCTV, F24)

week 5

Martedi, 03 Novembre 2015, 09:07
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