Co-Authors: Táňa Dluhošová - PhD, Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences
This study examines the semantic development of key terms in Taiwan from a corpus-based perspective. Keywords in a particular context map an implicit characteristic way of thinking in a community onto an explicit observable linguistic representation. Starting with a set of ideologically loaded keywords, we investigate their collocation patterns in Taiwan Early Post-war Corpus, a small-size corpus consisting of opinion articles and literary writings produced in 1945–1949. Collocates of the keywords are operationally defined as those bearing a strong lexical association with the keywords within three grammatical settings: (1) within a fixed window size of words; (2) within a fixed window size of sentence-like units; (3) within a syntactic frame (e.g., ADJ + NOUN, VERB + NOUN). Based on this selection we will conduct semantic network analysis for these keywords.
Having identified the semantic clusters which represent ideological preferences, we will conduct a prosopographical study on the authors of these concepts and thus combine findings from semantic network analysis with social network analysis. In doing so, we will pay attention to such aspects as education, work experience, and publication outlets (data from Taiwan Biographical Ontology, TBIO). The combination of these analyses will create a multi-layered network system, which will not only help identify ideological camps in post-war Taiwan and illuminate their respective ideologies but also characterize their members.