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ERIC Number: EJ1003604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0142-6001
Sketching Muslims: A Corpus Driven Analysis of Representations around the Word "Muslim" in the British Press 1998-2009
Baker, Paul; Gabrielatos, Costas; McEnery, Tony
Applied Linguistics, v34 n3 p255-278 Jul 2013
This article uses methods from corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis to examine patterns of representation around the word "Muslim" in a 143 million word corpus of British newspaper articles published between 1998 and 2009. Using the analysis tool Sketch Engine, an analysis of noun collocates of "Muslim" found that the following categories (in order of frequency) were referenced: ethnic/national identity, characterizing/differentiating attributes, conflict, culture, religion, and group/organizations. The "conflict" category was found to be particularly lexically rich, containing many word types. It was also implicitly indexed in the other categories. Following this, an analysis of the two most frequent collocate pairs: "Muslim world" and "Muslim community" showed that they were used to collectivize Muslims, both emphasizing their sameness to each other and their difference to "The West". Muslims were also represented as easily offended, alienated, and in conflict with non-Muslims. The analysis additionally considered legitimation strategies that enabled editors to print more controversial representations, and concludes with a discussion of researcher bias and an extended notion of audience through online social networks.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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