Author Archives: Katharine Kavanagh

About Katharine Kavanagh

Katharine Kavanagh is funded by ESRC for a PhD in Cardiff University's School of English, Communication and Philosophy. Her research draws on Audience Research and Discourse Analysis methods to investigate the relationship between publicly disseminated and personally experienced values regarding circus performance. Twitter @BustingFree

XML mark-up: an annotation tool for discourse analysis

Working recently on a critical discourse analysis project that required annotation of sentencing remarks from UK judges, our team were introduced to the practice of XML mark-up. Manual XML coding was used as a way of recording the different representation strategies used by the judges when referring to the convicted offenders (Van Leeuwen 2008). This blog delves into the theory behind the annotation method to explain how manual XML mark-up contributes to the linguistic research process. Continue reading