Stance nouns in COVID-19 related blog posts: A contrastive analysis of blog posts published in The Conversation in Spain and the UK

Niall Curry, Pascual Pérez-Paredes

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Abstract

Research dissemination through academic blogs creates opportunities for writers to reach wider audiences. With COVID-19, public dissemination of research impacts daily practices, and national and international policies, and in countries like the UK and Spain, The Conversation publishes accessible COVID-19 themed research. Such academic blogs are important to global academy, yet the role of authorial stance therein is notably under-investigated. This paper presents a corpus-based contrastive analysis of 'stance nouns + that/de que' in a comparable corpus of English and Spanish COVID-19 themed academic blogs, from The Conversation. The analysis identifies similarities and differences across languages that reflect how COVID-19 is framed in each language. For example, Spanish academics use Possibility and Factualness nouns when self-sourcing their stances with expanding strategies, while English academics use Argument and Idea nouns with external-sources in contracting strategies. Overall, this paper adds to current linguistic knowledge on academic blogs and scientific communication surrounding COVID-19.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)469-497
Number of pages29
JournalInternational Journal of Corpus Linguistics
Volume26
Issue number4
Early online date14 Sept 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2021

Bibliographical note

This document is the author’s post-print version, incorporating any revisions agreed during the peer-review process. Some differences between the published version and this version may remain and you are advised to consult the published version if you wish to cite from it.

Keywords

  • academic discourse
  • stance nouns
  • Spanish academic writing
  • expanding strategies
  • contracting strategies
  • English academic writing
  • authorial stance
  • academic blogs
  • online registers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics

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