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George Bush and the Last Crusade or the fight for truth, justice and the American way
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2007 (English)In: Corpora in the Foreign Language Classroom: Selected papers from the Sixth International Conference on Teaching and Language Corpora, Rodopi, Amsterdam , 2007, 191-205 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

This paper presents an example of how students can use corpora to examine current use of metaphors with a historical or literary origin, specifically modern American use of 'crusade' and its derivatives, as seen in the 1990 Los Angeles Times, as a prelude to President Bush’s controversial use of the term in reference to 9/11. Seven other phrases such as 'the Iron Curtain', 'sea change' and 'the Inquisition' were also included for comparison; the BNC served as a reference corpus. The results indicate that in 1990, 'crusade' in particular was rarely used in American newspaper discourse in its literal, historical sense (2%), while civic and personal activism accounted for over 65% of all uses, a pattern not found for e.g. 'the Iron Curtain' or 'Shoah'. Beyond the immediate corpus evidence, 'crusade' forms a pattern in American political rhetoric dating back at least to President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s 1932 election campaign.

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Rodopi, Amsterdam , 2007. 191-205 p.
Keyword [en]
corpus linguistics, crusade, rhetoric, metaphors, discourse
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-17941ISBN: 978-90-420-2142-6OAI: diva2:184462
Available from: 2007-10-16 Created: 2007-10-16Bibliographically approved

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