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Joint meeting of the Corpus Research Group and the Language, Ideology & Power Research Group

Date: 3 November 2008 Time: 3.30-5.00 pm

Because size does matter: Using corpus linguistics in CDA projects

Gerlinde Mautner

Vienna University of Economics and Business, and Cardiff University

In the past few years, the techniques of corpus linguistics have been edging their way into CDA's methodological canon (Hardt-Mautner 1995, Stubbs 1996, Baker 2006, Mautner forthcoming a and b). They allow researchers to work with larger data volumes, complementing and triangulating other forms of analysis, and thus making results more reliable. Three types of approaches have proved to be particularly fruitful: (i) investigating large, computer-held corpora as repositories of linguistically encoded social information (ii) tapping into such corpora for the comparative evidence needed to put qualitative findings into perspective, and (iii) applying concordancing software to purpose-built corpora which may be small enough to be handled manually, but where computer support facilitates discovery.

In this talk, I will summarize the case for integrating corpus linguistics into CDA research designs, presenting case studies that illustrate each of the three approaches mentioned above. While the benefits of this methodology appear compelling, it is equally crucial to be aware of its limitations, and these will also be addressed.

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Associated staff: Costas Gabrielatos

Organising departments and research centres: Language, Ideology and Power Group (LIP), Linguistics and English Language, University Centre for Computer Corpus Research on Language (UCREL)

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