Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: doi:10.22028/D291-26713
Title: Small corpus, great institution - and an attempt to understand them
Author(s): Heikkinen, Vesa
Lounela, Mikko
Year of Publication: 2008
OPUS Source: The 19th European Systemic Functional Linguistics Conference and Workshop
SWD key words: Linguistik
Korpus <Linguistik>
Free key words: Finnish
New Year';s speech
small corpus
Teko project and method
corpus and text analysis
DDC notations: 400 Language, linguistics
Publikation type: Conference Paper
Abstract: The New Year';s speech by the President of the Republic is one of the most important political speeches in Finland. We have gathered all the speeches from 1935 to 2007 into a corpus containing the speeches in writing. Our objective is to explore what the speeches are like in terms of linguistic choices and as a set or type of texts. We are also interested in the social dimensions of the speeches and the ideological meanings produced in them. This paper presents an analysis of our research questions and methods of analysis, rather than going into empirical results. We present the method and project we have decided to call "Teko'; (from text to corpus), based on the compilation and structuring of small, mutually comparable corpora, as well as on detailed quantitative (corpus linguistic) and qualitative analysis (based on text analysis, applying, e.g., the process analysis of the Systemic Functional Grammar). We are considering the following research positions and questions of analysis related to them: the uniformity of the speeches as compared to another set of texts, i.e. that of news (e.g. based on their morphological features that have been analysed semiautomatically), the internal uniformity of the speeches judging by how the speakers refer to themselves (differences arising from the speakers on the one hand and the topics on the other hand) and the uniformity of the speeches on the basis of process analysis (distribution of processes by presidents and topics). Our fundamental question in this paper is how the quantitative analysis of a small corpus can be connected to a qualitative analysis of individual texts.
Link to this record: urn:nbn:de:bsz:291-scidok-16907
Date of registration: 4-Sep-2008
Faculty: P - Philosophische Fakultät
Department: P - Sprachwissenschaft und Sprachtechnologie
Former Department: bis SS 2016: Fachrichtung 4.7 - Allgemeine Linguistik
Collections:SciDok - Der Wissenschaftsserver der Universität des Saarlandes
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