Discourse analysis

Discourse analysis

Our researchers within the area of discourse analysis work with different written genres such as research articles, scientific reports and various types of news text.

The research is based on electronic corpora, both purpose-built and publicly available, as well as search-engine tools. The main focus is on knowledge construction in various disciplines, knowledge mediation to various audiences, as well as text-structuring and discursive norms.

Our corpus-based research also encompasses oral genres such as negotiations discourse, discourse strategies of argumentation, back-channeling and discourse-topic marking.

Ongoing research projects

  • CENTRAL BANK SPEAK

    CENTRAL BANK SPEAK

    Central Bank Speak

    This project aims to describe how central bank discourse has changed over the past 25 years through the analysis of a variety of linguistic features in the Norwegian Central Bank Governor’s annual address from 1986 to 2011.
    This research employs a purpose-built corpus based on 25 annual addresses published in both Norwegian and English.

    For further information:
    Central Bank Speak

  • Lingclim

    Lingclim

    LINGCLIM (Linguistic Representations of Climate Change Discourse and Their Individual and Collective Interpretations).

    The primary objective is to generate new and integrated knowledge about the role of language in climate discourse through developing an innovative multidisciplinary methodology including an opinion survey and a psychological experiment in addition to comprehensive linguistic and discursive analyses.
    This is a three year project funded by the Research Council of Norway.

    For futher information:
    LINGCLIM

  • Polame

    Polame

    Poverty, language and media in Latin America: The cases of Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Mexico

    POLAME is a multidisciplinary project funded by the Research Council of Norway. It aims to study the linguistic representation of poverty in Argentinean, Brazilian, Colombian and Mexican agenda-setting media in order to uncover how language use reproduces ideologically conditioned views on poverty.

    The project will also build a web-searchable taxonomy of the language of poverty.

    For futher information:
    POLAME

Completed research projects

  • KIAP - CULTURAL IDENTITY IN ACADEMIC PROSE: 2002-2006

    KIAP - CULTURAL IDENTITY IN ACADEMIC PROSE: 2002-2006

    KIAP

    The main research question of the KIAP project was whether cultural identities in academic discourse exist, and if so, to what degree these identities can be linked to discipline or to national language.

    The aim of this project was to describe the genre of the research article with a point of departure in certain linguistic features that may point to similarities and differences between articles written in different languages and within different disciplines.

    The project was doubly comparative, since 450 refereed articles in three different languages (English, French and Norwegian) from three different disciplines (linguistics, economics and medicine) were studied. The project found that both discipline and language had an effect on the frequency of all the six features studied, but for most of them discipline turned out to be more important than language.

    This project was funded by the Research Council of Norway.

    For more information:
    KIAP