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Penetrating historical discourse's truth matrix: A corpus analysis of oral history testimonies

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dc.contributor.author Fitzgerald, Christopher
dc.date.accessioned 2020-11-17T10:20:35Z
dc.date.available 2020-11-17T10:20:35Z
dc.date.issued 2020
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/9467
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Historical Discourse’s Truth Matrix was first posited by Michel Foucault to describe the emergence of a discourse of historical events subsequent to the cessation of war and established by the most powerful arbiters of those events. This paper adapts the implements of Foucault’s toolbox to conceptualise the dimensions of subjectivity that historical events pass through from the original event to their subsequent depictions in historical writing or other media. The Corpus of Irish Historical Narratives (COIHN) is a one-million-word representative corpus of oral history witness testimonies taken from the Bureau of Military History Archive (BMH) which depict the events surrounding the Irish struggle for independence from the lead up to the 1916 rising to the signing of the Anglo-Irish treaty in 1921. The archive provides a rich source of both historical, social and cultural data and has been the source of many publications pertaining to events of this pivotal time in Irish history. In ceding some agency to the data itself, this study takes a hybrid corpus driven and corpus-based approach to the analysis of epistemic modality in these statements through hedged expressions using mental process verbs and so offers a framework for the analysis of a core dimension of historical discourse’s truth matrix. The notion of ‘paradoxical authority’ is proposed, stating that the authority of a witness is boosted rather than mitigated by expressing weak commitment to the truth of a proposition. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Cardiff University Press en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Corpora and Discourse Studies;3, pp. 75-95
dc.subject Oral-history en_US
dc.subject epistemic modality en_US
dc.subject mental process verbs en_US
dc.title Penetrating historical discourse's truth matrix: A corpus analysis of oral history testimonies en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.identifier.doi 10.18573/jcads.47
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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