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Manifestospeak: What can linguistic analysis tell us about politicians and their attitudes?

By Patrick Hanks and Sara Može
Research Institute of Information and Language Processing
University of Wolverhampton

No doubt every politically conscious person in Britain has a pretty good idea by now of the main issues selected by the various political parties fighting each other for votes in the upcoming General Election. An obvious way of finding out what those issues are is to read the manifestos of each of the parties.

But linguistic analysis can tell us more than the politicians ever intended to reveal.  Linguists working on the DVC project at the University of Wolverhampton have been using corpus-analysis tools such as Adam Kilgarriff’s Sketch Engine to explore the language used in the manifestos of four parties: Continue reading