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Emotion Talk Across Corpora


This research project deals with the language of emotion (expressions such as love, hate, afraid, happy), and how it is used in four varieties of British English (conversation, fiction, news, academic discourse). More specifically, Im interested in analysing, across a 20-million-word corpus: (a) the frequency of expressions of affect, (b) the expression of affect via different parts of speech (verbs, adjectives etc) (c) patterns of affect, (d) the rhetorical functions of expressions of affect. The findings of this research will have an impact on neighbouring disciplines such as cultural studies (e.g. the analysis of emotional point of view and perspective).