Methodology

DINEQ will compare linguistic patterns in news reports from The Times and The Daily Mail in the 1970s and 2010 on economic inequality. We have selected the 1970s and 2010 as periods of high economic equality and inequality respectively, which makes them easier to be compared. They also represent the beginning and end of the income-generating working life of a Briton born in the ‘baby boom’ years of the welfare state.

Our methodology combines quantitative and qualitative approaches to the topic, joining together the methods derived from Corpus Linguistics and Critical Discourse Analysis:

  1. Corpus Linguistics principles will guide the corpus design and preparation.
  2. Critical Discourse Analysis will inform our understanding of how language works in this context as social practice.