Cultural norms and trends are often reflected in patterns of language use. This article explores cultural perceptions of Palestine and Palestinians in the English-speaking world, through two analyses of large linguistic datasets. The first analysis seeks to uncover current conceptions of participants in the Israel-Palestine conflict, by identifying words that are distinctively associated with those participants in modern English usage. The second analysis asks what historical-cultural changes led to these current conceptions. A general theme that emerges from these analyses is that a cultural shift appears to have occurred recently in the English-speaking world, marked by greater awareness of Palestinian perspectives on the conflict. Possible causes for such a cultural shift are also explored.
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Research Article| February 01 2016
Perceptions of Palestine: The View from Large Linguistic Datasets
Journal of Palestine Studies (2016) 45 (2): 41–54.
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Terry Regier; Perceptions of Palestine: The View from Large Linguistic Datasets. Journal of Palestine Studies 1 February 2016; 45 (2): 41–54. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/jps.2016.45.2.41
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