Innovative aspects

DINEQ will produce research in a field with is still under-developed, that of change over time in discourse representation of economic inequality. Previous approaches in Critical Discourse Analysis have considered factors such as race, gender and sexuality, but as far as we know, no comparable study about newspaper discourse of the selected period has been done before.

DINEQ will produce original findings and will contribute to corpus-assisted discourse studies because:

  1. It compares how press has represented economic inequality in two different historical contexts, instead of concentrating at a single period of time.
  2. it combines a comprehensive approach to the social history in UK in the past 40 years, a comparative analysis of public discourses in the 70s and 2010s and a semantic/grammatical/lexical study on the representation of economic inequality, for the first time in Critical Discourse Analysis studies.

Also, DINEQ will help us understand better how slight linguistic changes contribute to a shift in how people understand what is economically reasonable and normal.