Key Function Words in a Corpus of UK Election Manifestos

Pearce, Michael (2014) Key Function Words in a Corpus of UK Election Manifestos. Linguistik Online, 65 (3). pp. 23-44. ISSN 1615-3014


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This article explores a corpus of all the UK election manifestos produced by the three main
political parties in the period 1900–2010. It offers an alternative perspective on function
words in corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis, placing them at the centre rather than the
periphery. Using a combination of WordSmith Tools and Sketch Engine, I identify four key
function words and show how a consideration of their phraseological behaviour can – perhaps
surprisingly – reveal aspects of party ideology, as well as pointing to generic change over

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Culture > English Language and Literature
Divisions: Faculty of Education and Society
Depositing User: Barry Hall
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 15:21
Last Modified: 22 May 2019 07:44

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