The linguistics of terror: a content analysis of suicide notes and martyr manifestos

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dc.contributor Dolliver, Diana
dc.contributor Schwab, Stephen Irving Max
dc.contributor.advisor Lankford, Adam
dc.contributor.author Smith, Chelsea H.
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T17:44:50Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T17:44:50Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0002354
dc.identifier.other Smith_alatus_0004M_12824
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/2677
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract Despite growing interest in the motivations and psychological profiles of suicide attackers, few empirical studies have examined their personal writings and recordings. The present study seeks to uncover linguistic trends in the manifestos, suicide notes, and recorded speeches of suicide attackers. Using the content analysis software, Linguistic Inquiry and Word Count, the author seeks to uncover patterns within these documents and establish identifying trends across geography, attack type, and/or group affiliation. Given the framework provided by Institutional Anomie Theory, linguistic trends are expected to arise in relation to these factors and variations in societal anomie. This study also aims to add to previous literature regarding attacker attitudes and incentives more broadly using aggregated sample data.
dc.format.extent 75 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Criminology
dc.subject.other Linguistics
dc.subject.other Behavioral psychology
dc.title The linguistics of terror: a content analysis of suicide notes and martyr manifestos
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Criminal Justice
etdms.degree.discipline Criminal Justice
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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