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Using corpus linguistics in the study of media language: a case study of the use of democracy as binomials in US and South Korean newspaper corpora

  • The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea
  • Abbr : 사회언어학
  • 2010, 18(1), pp.77-103
  • Publisher : The Sociolinguistic Society Of Korea
  • Research Area : Humanities > Linguistics

Minhee Bang 1 Seoin Shin 2

1상명대학교
2한림대학교

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ABSTRACT

A Case Study of the Use of Democracy as Binomials in US and South Korean Newspaper Corpora. The Sociolinguistic Journal of Korea 18(1). This paper presents findings of a comparative analysis of the use of the word democracy as binomials (e.g., democracy and freedom) in the US and South Korean newspaper corpora. The US corpus is 42 million words comprising foreign news reports taken from the New York Times and the Washington Post from 1999 to 2003. The South Korean corpus consists of news articles from the Dong-A Ilbo and the Hankyoreh. The corpus covers the same period between the year 1999 and 2003 and is of a relatively modest size of 200 thousand words. The analysis has shown differences in the frequency of the noun phrases occurring as binomials with democracy. While human rights-related noun phrases are found to occur most frequently with democracy in the US corpus, it is observed that capitalism-related noun phrases occur most frequently in the South Korean corpus. It is also found that a number of evaluative and rhetorical functions are performed by the binomials of democracy such as evaluating other countries on their political, social, and economic problems; criticizing actions taken by the government and political oppositions; or stressing partnership with other countries.

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