Close menu


Sunderland Repository records the research produced by the University of Sunderland including practice-based research and theses.

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

Item Type: Article


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


Download (1MB)

More Information

Depositing User: Barry Hall


Item ID: 5179
Identification Number:
ISSN: 1615-3014
Official URL:

Users with ORCIDS

Catalogue record

Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2014 15:21
Last Modified: 18 Dec 2019 15:37


Author: Michael Pearce

University Divisions

Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries
Faculty of Arts and Creative Industries > School of Media and Communications


Culture > English Language and Literature

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item