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HermeneuticaComputer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities$
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Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034357

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034357.001.0001

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Now Analyze That! Comparing Two Speeches on Race (Second Interlude)

Now Analyze That! Comparing Two Speeches on Race (Second Interlude)

(p.105) 6 Now Analyze That! Comparing Two Speeches on Race (Second Interlude)

Geoffrey Rockwell

Stéfan Sinclair

The MIT Press

How can one analyze and compare texts? Chapter 6 is the second Interlude and it shows how Voyant can be used to compare the discourse of two people, in this case Barack Obama and his spiritual mentor Jeremiah A. Wright Jr., on the subject of race before the 2008 election in the USA. Two important speeches on race are compared with particular attention to repeating phrases like “committed to changing the world.” The vocabulary of the two speakers is compared and we end by looking at the words that collocate with words like “black” and “white.” As Write challenges us, “now analyze that!”

Keywords:   Obama, Race, Vocabulary, Repetition, Collocates

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