Vol. 11 (2022)

Language and Conflict in the Armenian Genocide. A Linguistic Analysis of Letters to the Editor of The Times

Isabella Martini
Università degli Studi di Firenze

Published 2022-12-23


  • Historical English,
  • News Discourse,
  • Letters to the Editor,
  • Corpus Linguistics,
  • Discourse Analysis


Letters to the editor (LTE) are significant when studying newspapers’ ideological stance on a specific news event. They offer a privileged point of view because they are selected to match the newspaper’s agenda, to provide a timely comment on significant news events, and to keep specific events “in the news”. The massacre of the Christian minorities throughout the Ottoman Empire between 1915 and 1923 was reported in LTE of major international newspapers. A quantitative and qualitative linguistic examination will study the representation of the conflict between victims and perpetrators of the genocide in a corpus of LTE published in The Times between 1914 and 1926.


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