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Academic Paper

Title: Corpus Tools and the Linguistic Study of Ideology: Searching for Fascism in Atlas Shrugged
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Author: Cadmus Kyrala
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Institution: (personal interest - not currently working at a university)
Linguistic Field: Ling & Literature; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: None
Abstract: Advances in computers have revolutionized corpus linguistics. Texts which could until recently only be examined in part, due to size, can now be quickly and thoroughly scanned for specific linguistic elements. Recent studies have begun integrating corpus linguistics with CDA in the interest of assessing large volumes of text for ideological content. It has been claimed that Atlas Shrugged reflects a fascist ideology. The presence of fascist ideology was assessed using corpus tools and analysis of significant features in context. A corpus of Nazi texts was compiled to compare ideological elements. The Bank of English was also used as a comparison. Corpus tools were not sufficient in themselves to provide a complete picture of ideology. However they did facilitate comparative keyword and collocational analysis and also the screening of Atlas Shrugged for the use of passive voice, ergative verbs, and negation. Results were then investigated in context to ascertain their ideological impact. Key elements of fascism were not substantiated. Use of concealed agency did not reflect mitigation of ideological content. Negation, while present, could not be assessed in a purely linguistic study. The ideology was found to be explicit, not concealed, and not indicative of fascism.
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed
Publication Info: Birmingham Centre for English Language Studies
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