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Edge Hill Corpus Research Group

The Edge Hill University Corpus Research Group (EHU CRG) was established in October 2021 by Costas Gabrielatos.  EHU CRG aims at becoming an interdisciplinary forum for academics and students who are (interested in) using corpora and corpus linguistic approaches. In particular, it aims at encouraging and facilitating the use of corpus approaches at Edge Hill.

Language looks rather different when you look at a lot of it at once.

Sinclair 1991: 100

Every corpus that I’ve had a chance to examine, however small, has taught me facts that I couldn’t imagine finding out about in any other way.

Fillmore 1992: 35

A single text on its own is quite insignificant: the effects of media power are cumulative, working through the repetition of [articular ways of handling causality and agency, particular ways of positioning the reader.

Fairclough 1989: 54

As corpus linguistics is essentially a methodological approach which integrates quantitative and qualitative techniques, it can be employed by academics engaged in any type of research involving the analysis of naturally occurring or elicited language (such as Education, History, Law, Linguistics, Literature, Politics, Psychology, Sociology). Also, its computational and quantitative aspects make corpus linguistics relevant to academics working in Computing and Statistics.

If you are interested in presenting at EHU CRG, please send an abstract to the coordinator Costas Gabrielatos via email. EHU CRG will also feature invited presentations and demonstrations.

Meetings will have a variety of foci and formats, and will involve:

  • demonstrations of, and workshops on, corpora and corpus tools
  • presentations reporting on completed or ongoing research projects (including PhD and MRes projects)
  • presentations and discussions on corpus linguistics theoretical constructs, analytical techniques, and metrics
  • critical examination of published studies

Meetings will take place online on Microsoft Teams. The online format will enable a much larger number of academics and students from around the world to attend and contribute. Meetings will be 1-2 hours depending on the type, and will allow ample time for discussion.

Currently, the plan is to have two meetings per semester (on Wednesdays), but additional meetings can also be arranged.

Past event

Friday 8 April 2022 2 – 4pm

Encarnación Hidalgo-Tenorio (University of Granada)

Miguel-Ángel Benítez-Castro (Universidad de Zaragoza)

Workshop

Manual Annotation with UAM Corpus Tool.

Presentation

Analysing Extremism under the Lens of Appraisal Theory.

Abstract

Appraisal Theory is aimed to understand how social relations are negotiated through alignment, as linguistically realised by the axes of ENGAGEMENT, GRADUATION and ATTITUDE (Martin & White 2005). Of the three subsystems, the latter has attracted more attention so far. ATTITUDE helps classify instances of emotion/al talk through the meaning domains of AFFECT, JUDGEMENT and APPRECIATION. As argued by White (2004) and Bednarek (2009), emotional talk may entail the more indirect expression of emotion by attending to ethical and aesthetic values. Given the omnipresence of affect in language (e.g. Ochs & Schieffelin 1989; Barrett 2017), there is growing consensus about treating AFFECT as a superordinate category, now taken to include the expression of EMOTION (emotional evaluation) and OPINION (ethical and aesthetic evaluation). As emotion permeates all levels of linguistic description (e.g. Alba-Juez & Thompson 2014; Alba-Juez & Mackenzie 2019), and all utterances are produced and interpreted through emotions (Klann-Delius 2015), AFFECT may be enriched through a more explicit focus on affective psychology, thereby proposing more sharply defined categories that may better describe any instance of emotive language (Thompson 2014). This paper shows how Benítez-Castro & Hidalgo-Tenorio’s (2019) more psychologically-driven Appraisal EMOTION sub-system can lead to a user-generated Appraisal scheme allowing a more fine-grained analysis of the complex interplay between (explicit and implicit) EMOTION and OPINION in discourse. To do so, we draw on examples and findings from two research strands we have covered so far: American right-wing populist discourse (Hidalgo-Tenorio & Benítez-Castro 2021b) and Jihadist propaganda (Benítez-Castro & Hidalgo-Tenorio Forthcoming).

Encarnación Hidalgo-Tenorio is Professor in English Linguistics at the University of Granada, Spain. Her main research area is corpus-based CDA, where she focuses on the notions of representation and power enactment in public discourse. She has published on language and gender, Irish studies, political communication, and has also paid attention to the analysis of the way identity is discursively constructed. She has tried to develop, or reconsider, some interesting aspects taken from SFL such as Transitivity, Modality, or Appraisal. Currently, she is working on the lexicogrammar of radicalization. Address for correspondence: Departamento de Filologías Inglesa y Alemana, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Campus de Cartuja s/n, 18071, University of Granada, Spain. <[email protected] 

Miguel-Ángel Benítez-Castro is lecturer in English Language at the University of Zaragoza, Spain. His main research interest lies in SFL-inspired discourse analysis, based on corpus-driven methodologies, which he has managed to apply to his general focus on the interface between lexical choice, discourse structure, and evaluation. This is reflected in his previous and ongoing research on shell-noun phrases, on the evaluation of social minorities in public discourse and on the refinement of SFL’s linguistic theory of evaluation. Address for correspondence: Department of English and German Studies, Facultad de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas, Universidad de Zaragoza, Ciudad Escolar, s/n, 44003 Teruel.

Past events

EHU CRG Meeting, Wednesday 9 February 2022

EHU CRG Meeting, Wednesday 10 November 2021