Corpus Linguistic Analysis of the Connotative Meaning of Some Terms Used in the Context of ‘The War on Terror’

Alaa Ghazi Rababah


The study mainly examines the connotative meaning of several terms that are frequently used in the media in the political discourse of the September 11th attacks and the ‘War on Terror’. Eight items were identified which are ‘Sunni’, ‘jihad’, ‘Islamist’, ‘fatwa’, ‘terrorism’, ‘radicalism’, ‘militant’ and ‘fundamentalism’. The study explores the existence of these terms in the Corpus of Contemporary American English in terms of the frequency of the selected terms, collocations and collocation patterns over two periods of time: ten years before and after the September 11th attacks. The results of the study revealed that the frequency of these terms had remarkably increased after September 11th and their conceptual meaning had been colored with new connotations.

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International Journal of English Linguistics   ISSN 1923-869X (Print)   ISSN 1923-8703 (Online)

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