Thursday, May 15, 2014

Function words in UK election manifestos

Dr Michael Pearce has published an article which explores a corpus of all the UK election manifestos produced by the three main political parties in the period 1900-2010. It offers an alternative perspective on function words in corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis, placing them at the centre rather than the periphery. Michael examines the collocational and colligational profiles of four key function words (will, we, our and to) and shows how a consideration of the patterns of phraseology in which these words occur can – perhaps surprisingly – reveal aspects of party ideology, as well as pointing to generic change over time.

Michael Pearce 2014. Key Function Words in a Corpus of UK Election Manifestos. Linguistik online 65: 23-44.


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