The peaks and troughs of corpus-based contextual analysis

Costas Gabrielatos, Tony McEnery, Peter J. Diggle, Paul Baker

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This paper focuses upon two issues. Firstly, the question of identifying diachronic trends, and more importantly significant outliers, in corpora which permit an investigation of a feature at many sampling points over time. Secondly, we consider how best to combine more qualitatively oriented approaches to corpus data with the type of trends that can be observed in a corpus using quantitative techniques. The work uses a recently completed ESRC-funded project as a case study, the representation of Islam in the UK press, in order to demonstrate the potential of the approach taken to establishing significant peaks in diachronic frequency development, and the fruitful interface that may be created between qualitative and quantitative techniques.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)151-175
Number of pages25
JournalInternational Journal of Corpus Linguistics
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Brachychrony
  • Diachrony
  • Granularity
  • Quantitative and qualitative techniques
  • Sampling points

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language


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