“Thanks for the donds”: A corpus linguistic analysis of topic-based communities in the comment section of The Guardian

Kehoe, Andrew and Gee, Matt (2019) “Thanks for the donds”: A corpus linguistic analysis of topic-based communities in the comment section of The Guardian. In: Reference and Identity in Public Discourses. John Benjamins, Amsterdam, pp. 127-158. ISBN 9789027204202

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Abstract

In this chapter we use corpus linguistic techniques to analyse reader comments on the website of the UK newspaper The Guardian. Our research is based on a corpus containing over 500,000 articles published on the website from 2007 to 2010, along with all 6.2 million comments made on those articles. We examine the distribution of comments across articles and topics before going on to
explore the commenting behaviour of individual people. The Guardian website is a public forum with over 20 million unique visitors per month yet, as we demonstrate, it is an online space where people are able to build distinct subcommunities around particular topics and interact regularly on an individual basis without necessarily knowing one another’s true identity.

Item Type: Book Section
Date: 2019
Uncontrolled Keywords: blogs, comments, journalism, corpus linguistics, collocation, community, addressivity, reference, identity, topic
Subjects: P500 Journalism
Q100 Linguistics
Q300 English studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > School of English
Depositing User: Andrew Kehoe
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2019 10:10
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2019 10:10
URI: http://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/8340

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