October 11, 2003

Political corpus linguistics

Josh Marshall adds to the small list of interesting examples of political corpus linguistics.

"Modifiergate" was an earlier example, in which Geoff Nunberg challenged claims about media bias by counting the labels used in newspaper mentions of prominent liberal and conservative public figures and organizations.

This sort of thing is likely to be a growth industry, given nexis, google and weblogs, but I haven't seen much evidence that academic social scientists have caught on to the opportunity yet. Will they pick this up only after it becomes routine in non-academic circles, or am I just ignorant of an underground trend?

Posted by Mark Liberman at October 11, 2003 11:46 AM