Geographic imagination and urban-rural binary in online discourses related to the capital region of Finland

A corpus onomastic study of Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo

Authors

  • Terhi Ainiala University of Helsinki
  • Salla Jokela Tampere University
  • Jenny Tarvainen University of Jyväskylä
  • Jarmo H. Jantunen University of Jyväskylä

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.59589/noso.32023.14401

Keywords:

corpus onomastics, digital discourse, capital region, spatial category, corpus linguistics, keyword, collocation, geographical imagination

Abstract

The article focuses on digital discourses related to Helsinki, Espoo and Vantaa, the three biggest municipalities in Finland’s capital region. The data consist of texts from the discussion forum of Suomi24 that was analysed to find out how forum users produce socio-spatial distinctions by categorizing some groups as ‘others’ thus differentiating in-groups and out-groups. The analysis used methods of comprised corpus assisted discourse studies (CADS), including collocation analysis. The results show that discourses related both to native and non-native Helsinkians and to those living in the capital region in contrast to those living elsewhere in Finland are common and the juxtapositions between various groups are repeatedly constructed.

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Published

2023-06-21

How to Cite

Ainiala, T., Jokela, S., Tarvainen, J., & Jantunen, J. H. (2023). Geographic imagination and urban-rural binary in online discourses related to the capital region of Finland: A corpus onomastic study of Helsinki, Vantaa and Espoo. Nordic Journal of Socio-Onomastics, 3, 13–44. https://doi.org/10.59589/noso.32023.14401

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