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The Value of Revisiting and Extending Previous Studies: The Case of Islam in the UK Press

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In this chapter, the authors introduce corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS), a means of using the methods of corpus linguistics to facilitate discourse analysis of large volumes of textual data. The chapter uses this framework not only to demonstrate the value of CADS but also to explore the importance of repeating studies over time to test the degree to which discourse is static, or changes, through time. By extending a study of the representation of Muslims and Islam in the UK press, the chapter shows the value of exploring the dynamic nature of discourse as a way of cautioning against the idea that discourse is necessarily stable across time.


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    An example of such an extension is the work of Blinder and Allen (2016), who looked at the representation of refugees and asylum seekers in a 43-million-word corpus of UK press material from 2010–2012 in a complementary study to the investigation of the same subject by Baker et al. (2008) using a 140-million-word corpus of newspaper articles covering 1996–2005.

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    For example, ‘A JUDGE yesterday ruled that a devout Muslim woman must remove her full face veil if she gives evidence in court’ (The Sun, January 23, 2014).


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Baker, P., McEnery, T. (2019). The Value of Revisiting and Extending Previous Studies: The Case of Islam in the UK Press. In: Scholz, R. (eds) Quantifying Approaches to Discourse for Social Scientists. Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse. Palgrave Macmillan, Cham.

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