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Exploring discourse and ideology through corpora

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Edited By Miguel Fuster Márquez, José Santaemilia, Carmen Gregori-Signes and Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras

This book explores discourse mainly through corpus linguistics methods. Indeed, Corpus-Assisted Discourse Studies has become a widely used approach for the critical (or non-critical) analysis of discourses in recent times. The book focuses on the analysis of different kinds of discourse, but most particularly on those which attempt to unveil social attitudes and values. Although a corpus methodology is deemed crucial in all research found here, it should not be inferred that a single, uniform technique is applied, but a wide variety of them, often shaped by the software which has been used. Also, more than one (qualitative or quantitative) methodology or drawing from various relevant sources is often called for in the critical analysis of discourses.

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‘Nobody is guilty in football. That’s the first thing to understand’: A corpus-assisted critical discourse analysis of the UK press coverage of the Ched Evans case: Leanne Victoria Bartley

Leanne Victoria Bartley

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In recent years a number of celebrities have found themselves at the centre of sexual abuse scandals, including actor Kevin Spacey, singer Michael Jackson, film producer Harvey Weinstein and media personality Jimmy Savile, to cite but a few examples. That said, a number of these cases did not result in a conviction, unlike the high-profile and striking case at the heart of this paper, which involved British footballers Ched Evans and Clayton McDonald.

In 2012, Ched Evans was at the forefront of, potentially, one of the most controversial rape cases in recent decades. Nine years after the start of his football career, having played for Manchester City, Sheffield United as well as represent his country, Ched Evans was accused, alongside his former teammate, Clayton MacDonald, of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales, after a night out together. This case is particularly remarkable given that, whilst Clayton MacDonald was found innocent of raping the alleged victim at his 2012 ←119 | 120→trial, Ched Evans was found guilty of the same crime against the same complainant on the same night. Consequently, as Clayton McDonald walked out of court a free man, Ched Evans received a 5-year prison sentence, of which he served just 2 years, before being released in 2014. Nonetheless, his release by no means brought this case to a close; rather, having maintained his innocence since day one, Evans petitioned for his conviction to be reviewed and, in 2016, he was successful...

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