Workshop abstracts

Ruth Wodak

Analyzing Voices of Migrants and Refugees — a discourse-historical perspective

I will briefly introduce the two projects where we collected the data. They are data from focus groups and interviews. Then, we will discuss some data - different types of narratives - and how to analyse and interpret the range of stories and the different genres of story-telling. I draw primarily on Wodak 2015, The Politics of Fear. What Right-Wing Populist Discourses Mean. Sage and on Wodak and Meyer eds. 2015 Methods of CDA, 3rd revised edition, Sage.

Bob Hodge

Doing interdisciplinary critical discourse analysis

This workshop will work with critical discourse analysis as a crucial and organizing methodology for engaged, interdisciplinary research. It will briefly introduce the framework of 'Mode 2 Research', (interdisciplinary, problem-oriented, collaborative). The group will then engage in hands-on analysis of the single complex research object, text-plus-project, which the presenter will argue is the minimal object for critical discourse analysis.

There will only be time to work in depth with a small number of examples — perhaps 3-6 — but all participants are invited to bring a potential example to the workshop, ideally from their own ongoing or potential research. The text should be multimodal, and preferably include numbers. The project ideally should be encapsulated in a short text, e.g. a research proposal or even a project title. It will be helpful if these could be made available to the workshop presenter beforehand if possible.

Donald Matheson

Finding patterns in a corpus

The goal of the workshop is to explore together the value and limitations of corpus analysis in understanding a sample of tweets. Groups of participants will be given frequency tables of key lexis and access to an anonymised database of tweets following the Christchurch earthquake of 2011, using the concordancing tool, Antconc.

Antconc, the nature of the sample and some assumptions participants are asked to share for the purpose of the analysis will be sketched out. Each group will then, firstly, be given a series of questions to which it must find answers and asked to devise data queries of its own. Secondly, each group will be asked to describe what it now knows about the sample and what other methods of analysis would be needed to augment the analysis.

The workshop will, thirdly, pool that critical reflection to discuss ways in which to draw the study of corpora into various forms of discourse analysis.