Digital Hansard: Politics and the Uncivil

Alexander, M. and Struan, A. (2017) Digital Hansard: Politics and the Uncivil. In: Digital Humanities 2017, Montréal, QC, Canada, 08-11 Aug 2017, pp. 378-380.

154651.pdf - Accepted Version


Publisher's URL:


This short paper uses the recently-completed Hansard Corpus to show the patterning of attitudes expressed by the British Parliament about things considered to be ‘uncivilized' across the last two centuries. It starts from the lexical resource of the Historical Thesaurus of English to gain an overview of the lexicalisation of the concept ‘uncivilized’ and uses this digital data demonstrates a substantial shift (from foreign to domestic) in who Parliament considers to be uncivil.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Alexander, Professor Marc and Struan, Dr Andrew
Authors: Alexander, M., and Struan, A.
Subjects:J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > ZA Information resources > ZA4050 Electronic information resources
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
University Services > Student and Academic Services > Academic Services
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
Publisher Policy:Reproduced with the permission of the Authors

University Staff: Request a correction | Enlighten Editors: Update this record

Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
648941Semantic Annotation and Mark Up for Enhancing Lexical Searches (SAMUELS)Marc AlexanderArts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC)AH/L010062/1CRIT - ENGLISH LANGUAGE & LINGUISTICS