Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

You can edit the text in this area, and change where the contact form on the right submits to, by entering edit mode using the modes on the bottom right. 

           

123 Street Avenue, City Town, 99999

(123) 555-6789

email@address.com

 

You can set your address, phone number, email and site description in the settings tab.
Link to read me page with more information.

Lunchtime talk - Alien, Foreigner, Migrant: The language of immigration in the Victorian media

Events

Back to All Events

Lunchtime talk - Alien, Foreigner, Migrant: The language of immigration in the Victorian media

  • Conference Centre The British Library 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB (map)

Explore how the language surrounding immigration shifted in Victorian England

The British media’s depiction of immigration has recently come under scrutiny, in particular their choice of terminology. However, we know surprisingly little about the language which the press of the past associated with migration.

In this talk Ruth Byrne will explore how the language surrounding immigration shifted in Victorian England. We will see how the tone of the press changed in the years prior to the 1905 Aliens Act, Britain’s first restrictive immigration legislation.

This timely and revealing analysis is based on Ruth’s current PhD research project, which uses corpus linguistic software to provide a fresh perspective on the British Library’s 19th Century Newspapers database (approx. 50 billion words). Corpus software allows the analysis of very large texts, much larger than can feasibly be read by hand alone. For historical research, this opens up exciting possibilities, dramatically extending the scale of the questions we can ask of our sources.

A collaborative project between the British Library and the University of Lancaster, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, Ruth’s PhD thesis explores “Attitudes to immigrants in the 19th century: Using very large historical corpora for socio-historical research."

Please bring your packed lunch. Tea, coffee and cake will be provided.

Details

Name:Alien, Foreigner, Migrant: The language of immigration in the Victorian media

Where:Conference Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
Show map      How to get to the Library

When:Mon 5 Dec 2016, 12:30 - 13:30

Price:Full Price: £5.00

Enquiries:+44 (0)1937 546546
boxoffice@bl.uk

Earlier Event: November 29
CHASE Encounters