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Dirtbags, drunkards and miniature mutes: Czech subjectivity revealed through corpus-based discourse analysis
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Slavic and Baltic Studies, Finnish, Dutch, and German, Slavic Languages.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9809-8207
2019 (English)In: Scando-Slavica, ISSN 0080-6765, E-ISSN 1600-082X, Vol. 65, no 2, p. 127-145Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Language may be seen as a tool for constructing and confirming power structures, and a corpus analysis of adjacent words may reveal how individuals or groups of people other than the sender (writer or speaker) are depicted. These depictions frequently reveal a phenomenon known as linguistic othering. The aim of this paper is to present a corpus-based survey of the linguistic othering of Roma, Vietnamese and Ukrainian people in Czech media discourse from 1989 to 2014. The representative result is acquired by comparing neutral, positive and negative adjectives related to the three key lemmata, and a quantitative method is used to answer analytical questions about the query words in this context. Although some previous researchers have used similar methods, it appears that no such study has been performed on such a large body of material for Slavic languages. The outcome reveals how these three groups are differentiated in text, and the source material helps to demonstrate how language usage reflects the discourse of Czech society.

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2019. Vol. 65, no 2, p. 127-145
Keywords [en]
corpus analysis, othering, discourse analysis, Czech media, stereotypes, frequency analysis
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-157054DOI: 10.1080/00806765.2019.1672090ISI: 000497035000002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-157054DiVA, id: diva2:1371173
Available from: 2019-11-19 Created: 2019-11-19 Last updated: 2019-12-09Bibliographically approved

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