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Title: Evangelicals and Anglo-Catholics on grey areas of morality : a computer-aided analysis of interview discourse from two Anglican congregations
Author: Lesniewski, Sebastian
ISNI:       0000 0004 6495 7370
Awarding Body: Lancaster University
Current Institution: Lancaster University
Date of Award: 2016
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This study contributes to research into the relationship between people's religious affiliations and their conversational use of language, by analysing spoken language of congregants from two ideologically different churches within the Church o f England. I interviewed twenty Evangelical Anglicans from Christ Church Cambridge and twenty Anglo-Catholics from Little Saint Mary's Cambridge, comprising equal numbers of male and female participants, about their opinions on three contemporary moral issues: styles of dress, smoking tobacco, and caring for the environment. Since these topics are not explicitly regulated by the Church of England, they might be labelled as "grey areas" of morality. The transcribed and digitised texts were analysed using corpus methods to provide key words and phrases, which served the basis of qualitative discussion. I have explored my respondents' use o f religious and secular registers, and I have weighed my findings against the existing knowledge about different types o f congregations. The original contribution to knowledge that this thesis proposes is threefold. Firstly, it demonstrates how religious affiliation can be reflected in the spoken language of grass-roots congregants, not only in conceptual content, but also at the stylistic and argumentational levels. Secondly, the findings presented in my thesis indicate how the typology of congregations proposed by Paul Heelas and Linda Woodhead can be associated with patterns of spoken language use. Thirdly, my thesis shows how ordinary contemporary Anglicans conceptualise these new "grey areas" of morality in spoken discourse.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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