Focussing on The Times, this monograph uses corpus linguistics to examine how suffrage campaigners’ different ideologies were conflated in the newspaper over a crucial time period for the movement – 1908 to 1914, leading up to the Representation of the People Act in 1918.
Looking particularly at representations of suffrage campaigners’ support of or opposition to military action, Gupta uses a range of methodological approaches drawn from corpus linguistics, discourse analysis and CDA. These include: collocation analysis, examination of consistent significant collocates and van Leeuwen’s taxonomy of social actors.
The book offers an innovative insight into contemporary public understanding of the suffrage campaign with implications for researchers examining large, complex protest movements.
Table Of Contents
1. Linguistic Approaches to Historical Data
2. Different Methodologies
3. Suffragists, Militants and Direct Action
4. The Role of Suggestive Placement
5. Public Figure and Private Nuisance: Emily Wilding Davison
6. The Suffrage Movement in ‘Letters To The Editor’
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