Alan Partington

Alan Partington
University of Bologna | UNIBO · Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures LILEC

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Politics is a commerce whose currency is language. This entry indicates some of the advantages of corpus‐assisted approaches in analyzing a wide variety of different kinds of political discourse, both spoken and written. Some of the potential sources of data are listed and different sorts of corpus‐assisted research and the different kinds of resea...
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This paper is an examination in three parts of the UK’s debate on membership of the European Union, before and immediately after the so-called ‘Brexit’ Referendum. The first part takes its cue from an article by Wolfgang Teubert which has exercised considerable influence in the field of corpus-assisted discourse studies (CADS), namely, his examinat...
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The term underclass is widely used in sociology, but definitions of what it consists of differ. In the chapter we examine how underclass(es) and the way they supposedly behave are represented in a number of English-language press outlets, of differing political persuasions, in various countries, including the USA, UK, India, Hong Kong and China. T...
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In this paper, I want to examine the special relevance of (non)obviousness in corpus linguistics through drawing on case studies. The research discussion is divided into two parts. The first is an examination of (non)obviousness at the micro-level, that is, in lexico-grammatical analyses, whilst the second looks at the more macro-level of (non)obvi...
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The term underclass is widely used in sociology, but definitions of what it consists of differ. In this presentation we examine how underclass(es) and the way they supposedly behave are represented in a number of English-language press outlets, of differing political persuasions and in various countries, including the USA, UK, India, Hong Kong and...
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Evaluative clashes are, of course, only noticed because of the expectation that speakers will use evaluation consistently and coherently over set stretches of discourse, a process I term evaluative harmony. In this paper I first categorize types of evaluative clash and then investigate, with detailed examples, many derived from large language corpo...
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The term representation/s is widely used in discourse analysis (see van Dijk, 2002 for a discussion on its use), and especially in relation to studies of political and/or media discourses. The adoption of this particular term, in preference to other possibilities presumably deemed less functionally appropriate, for example, report, model, descripti...
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This paper addresses the charge sometimes made against corpus linguistics that CL cannot deal with absences, that is, information not to be found in a corpus. We begin by examining what absence means in a linguistic sense and distinguish among different varieties of absences, e. g. 'known absence' compared with 'unknown absence', absence from a siz...
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Definitions Terminology Ever since its arrival on the scene of lexical grammar, the concept of prosodic meaning has been fraught with complications. Even its name is much debated. It has usually been referred to in the literature as semantic prosody, after its ideators Sinclair (1987) and Louw (1993). Stubbs, however, has mused that pragmatic proso...
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This work is designed, firstly, to both provoke theoretical discussion and serve as a practical guide for researchers and students in the field of corpus linguistics and, secondly, to offer a wide-ranging introduction to corpus techniques for practitioners of discourse studies. It delves into a wide variety of language topics and areas including me...
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It is difficult to conceive of any political action which does not involve using language: political speeches, newspaper editorials, press conferences, Acts of Parliament, declarations of war and peace negotiations, to name but a few.Keywords:discourse analysis;corpus;sociocultural language studies
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This paper examines the discourses relating to antisemitism in the three leading UK national “quality” newspapers from 1993 to 2009. To this end, three corpora were compiled, each consisting of the complete set of instances in context in these papers where antisemitism is mentioned, the first from 1993 the others from 2005 and 2009. Considerable ch...
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In this paper, I consider whether the theory of bisociation, the sudden shift from one script (or narrative outline), or language mode or register to another, first developed in relation to joke humor, can help shed light on other forms of laughter-talk (defined as the talk preceding and provoking, intentionally or otherwise, an episode of laughter...
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This paper is an examination of the as yet little-studied phenomenon of phrasal irony, defined as the reversal of customary collocational patterns of use of certain lexical items. The first research question is how phrasal irony is structured. A second, very closely related question is how, why and where writers use it, and a third question is how...
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This chapter provides a description of certain types of salient items found in the keyword lists of the SiBol 1993 and SiBol 2005 corpora with the objective of diachronic analysis of a particular text type, namely, that of British broadsheet newspapers. The keyword lists (see Partington, this volume: Section 2) are analysed in search of items that...
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In this chapter, WordSmith Tools 5.0 (Scott, 2008) and Xaira are employed to examine the prefix anti, its collocates, contexts and quantitative profile in the SiBol corpus. First, the problems involved in investigating a prefix are discussed, followed by an examination of the anti prefix itself. Although the overall proportion of anti prefixing has...
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This chapter explores the discourses surrounding whatever is explicitly identified as a moral issue in the SiBol corpora. This analysis is mainly diachronic but will combine a variety of parameters in order to access patterns of change/stability across different newspapers, within a single newspaper in time, across different news types, across topi...
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This edition of Corpora contains one of the first ever collections of papers pertaining to the nascent discipline of Modern Diachronic Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies (MD-CADS). This discipline is characterised by the novelty both of its methodology and the topics it is, consequently, in a position to treat. It employs relatively large corpora of...
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Intended as a textbook for courses in politics, media and communication studies, this volume looks at the relationship among politicians, the press and the public through the language they employ. Topics include persuasion and “spin”; political metaphors; slogans, soundbites and rhetorical figures; ways of arguing (from the logical to the non-logic...
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This paper is an attempt to describe both the structure and function of punning wordplay (perhaps a more accurate term would be phraseplay) in English using a number of notions commonly employed in modern lexis-driven descriptions of the language, deriving from the theoretical work, principally, of Sinclair and Hoey. Sinclair demonstrates how the o...
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To say that there has been a certain amount of confusion and debate over the nature and function of the notion of semantic prosody would be an understatement. In this paper we attempt to address and assess, in the light of current thinking in the field of lexical grammar, some of the main issues which have been raised.
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In this article, I examine teasing in the laughter-talk of two transcribed spoken corpora of press briefings held at the White House, one from the Democrat and one from the Republican administrations. Categorizations are developed, firstly, of types and functions of teases and, secondly, of types and functions of responses to teases, as produced by...
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From Wodehouse to the White House: A Corpus-Assisted Study of Play, Fantasy and Dramatic Incongruity in Comic Writing and Laughter-Talk In this paper I consider two discourse types, one written and literary, the other spoken and semi-conversational, in an attempt to discover if there are any similarities in the ways in which humour is generated in...
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This paper outlines a corpus-assisted investigation into the nature and functions of irony in both spoken interaction and written texts. We begin with a review of some of the principal current debates in irony studies, which have until recently often been conducted with little recourse to authentic examples of use in interactive discourse types. We...
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The Linguistics of Laughter examines what speakers try to achieve by producing 'laughter-talk' (the talk preceding and eliciting an episode of laughter) and, by using abundant examples from language corpora, what hearers are signalling when they produce laughter. In particular, Alan Partington focuses on the tactical use of laughter-talk to achieve...
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In this paper I wish to examine the two related concepts of semantic prosody and semantic preference. I will begin the section on each with a definition, attempt a review of relevant current positions and then describe a number of corpus-based experiments I conducted to throw light on the two phenomena. Finally, I will try to draw some conclusions...
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Résumé On fait ici état d'une étude de 2 500 manchettes tirées de la presse de langue anglaise : les considérations portent sur les mécanismes de modifications de citations et d'expressions toutes faites afin de produire des formulations "inusitées" dans la langue.
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In this paper, the author presents a (principally) corpus-based analysis of the nature of the systematic metaphors employed in business journalism. In the light of the results of this analysis, a comparison of two influential modern theories of metaphor — the pragmatic and the cognitivist — is attempted. The suggestion is made that the methodology...
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The phenomenon of false friends is wellknown to translators. What have been studied much less, although they are probably more common, are pairs of words of similar form in related languages which are usually thought of and listed in bilingual dictionaries as reliable translation equivalents, but which, on closer scrutiny, often turn out to be used...

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