Speech and Functioning of Political Elites through the Lens of Parlameter

Tina Lengar Verovnik, Eva Vrtačič, Tanja Oblak Črnič

Abstract


The article discusses several aspects of speech used by established political elites in the context of a developing digital tool Parlameter. This is done without understanding the internet and digital spaces as always already stylistically marked. Instead, they are understood as a platform that also provides a possibility for critical analysis of language as a social phenomenon. Parlameter allows for analysis of »live« language, which always has an important context, as it is spoken by MPs – legislative decision makers, who shape the culture of public expression. Analysis is done using diverse algorithms and structural mechanisms – from examining the use of language to calculating MP’s presence and decisions in the parliament. The article discusses the automated and other analyzes offered by Parlameter. Units analyzed are individual MPs and parliamentary groups in the current parliamentary session. Since Parlameter, as an emerging analytical tool, also has a supervisory function in addition to the linguistic-stylistic dimensions, the former are also described and placed in a wider context of digitization of institutional policy.

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parliament; speech analysis; digital platforms; Parlameter

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4312/slo2.0.2016.2.38-66

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