VicVaDis: The Victorian Anti-Vaccination Discourse Corpus
Join us to hear about the design, construction, and possible uses of the 3.1-million-word Victorian Anti-Vaccine Discourse Corpus (‘VicVaDis’): a historical resource for the investigation of public attitudes to vaccination.
This presentation discusses the design and construction of the 3.1-million-word Victorian Anti-Vaccine Discourse Corpus (‘VicVaDis’). VicVaDis is intended to provide a historical resource for the investigation of the earliest public attitudes and concerns around vaccination.
The dataset (1837-1901) coincides with the enactment of the Vaccination Act in August 1853, which made smallpox vaccinations for babies born after this date compulsory, and the Vaccination Act in 1907 which effectively ended the mandatory nature of vaccinations.
This talk will describe VicVaDis, and then present an exemplar analysis of it to demonstrate the potential for corpus analysis to add to our understanding of historical concerns about vaccination.
- Professor Elena Semino, Lancaster University
- Professor Alice Deignan, Leeds University
- William Dance, Lancaster University
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