Continuing on the theme of the English Defence League, I find analyzing the concordance lines from a corpus of texts from the EDL’s Facebook page quite alarming.
In England and Wales it can be an offence to stir up hatred on the grounds of:
- Sexual Orientation.
I’m using Sketch Engine (http://www.sketchengine.co.uk/) to analyze the data, and this is an example of what I am observing:
The EDL’s motto is “Not racist, not violent, no longer silent”, and yet members post such material online. The data appear to contain examples of incitement to hatred. From a linguistics approach perhaps they are also examples of lexical drift as the discourse becomes increasingly violent when compared with texts written by EDL leaders.