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Lexis, Discourse Prosodies and the Taking of Stance: A Corpus Study of the Meaning of ‘Self-proclaimed’
Södertörn University College, School of Culture and Communication.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study is concerned with the description of the semantic and pragmatic characteristics of the attributive adjective self-proclaimed, employing corpus-linguistic methodology to explore its meaning from user-based data. The initial query provided the material from which a lexical pro-file of the target word was constructed, systematically describing collocational data, semantic preferences, semantic associations and discourse prosodies. Qualitative analysis of sample con-cordances illustrated the role of the target word in expressing different kinds of meaning-bearing stances. The results demonstrate the importance of context and communicative functionality as constraints determining meaning, determining the discourse prosodies of self-proclaimed as one of either negation; accepted-positive and accepted-negative. Further, the analysis of self-proclaimed as a stance marker indicates the linking evaluative meanings of extended lexical units to the project of linguistic description of intersubjective stancetaking as a possibly fruitful venue for research

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2011. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
self-proclaimed, corpus linguistics, pragmatics, semantics, extended lexical unit, discourse prosody, stance, intersubjectivity
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Language Technology (Computational Linguistics) Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-9551OAI: diva2:427506
Subject / course
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-06-28 Created: 2011-06-28 Last updated: 2011-06-28Bibliographically approved

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