Approaches to Media Discourse

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This collection brings together current approaches to the study of media discourse. It focuses on the media text (spoken, written or visual), and it also addresses issues of the production and reception of media discourse.
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Overview

This collection brings together current approaches to the study of media discourse. It focuses on the media text (spoken, written or visual), and it also addresses issues of the production and reception of media discourse.
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"A state-of-the-art presentation, invaluable for students andresearchers in the growing field of media discourse." Roger Fowler,University of East Anglia

"This admirable collection of papers by some of the most eminentscholars in the field of media studies combines breadth of coveragewith depth of analysis, and programmatic methodological statementswith detailed empirical studies. It will be an indispensable textin its field for many years to come." Andreas H. Jucker, Professorof English Linguistics, Justus Liebig University Giessen

"A useful entry point for anyone seeking to understand thediverse approaches found under the umbrella of media 'discourse'."Jean Aitchison, Professor of Language and Communication, Universityof Oxford

"Leading writers on media discourse introduce their theoreticalmethods and make them work on specific instances from the press,radio and television. Readers can test and compare theapplicability and relevance of various approaches and adopt them totheir own examination of the media." Ulrike H. Meinhof, Universityof Bradford

"It would be difficult to dream up a more impressive list ofnames for a collection of papers on media discourse...I startedreading with high expectations and was not disappointed... I wouldstrongly recommend this book not only to students of mediadiscourse in particular, but to anyone with an interest in culturalstudies, text and discourse analysis or indeed any aspect oflanguage in action, not excluding visual semiotics. It would makean excellent key reader for students in these or related fields."Thomas Bloor, Language Studies Unit, Aston University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631198871
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/16/1998
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 287

Meet the Author

Allan Bell is affiliated as a Senior Research Fellow to theLinguistics Programme, Department of English, University ofAuckland. He is author of The Language of News Media(Blackwell Publishers 1991). He is co-founder and editor of theJournal of Sociolinguistics, also published by Blackwell.

Peter Garrett is Senior Lecturer in Language andCommunication Research, University of Wales, Cardiff. He haspublished articles in many journals and is editor of the journalLanguage Awareness. Peter Garret is the co-editor ofLanguage Awareness in the Classroom (1991).

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Table of Contents

Preface
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgements
Ch. 1 Media and Discourse: A Critical Overview 1
Ch. 2 Opinions and Ideologies in the Press 21
Ch. 3 The Discourse Structure of News Stories 64
Ch. 4 News from NowHere: Televisual News Discourse and the Construction of Hegemony 105
Ch. 5 Political Discourse in the Media: An Analytical Framework 142
Ch. 6 Conversation Analysis: Neutralism in British News Interviews 163
Ch. 7 Front Pages: (The Critical) Analysis of Newspaper Layout 186
Ch. 8 Signs and Wonders: Interpreting the Economy through Television 220
Ch. 9 Media - Language - World 251
References 268
Index 283
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