Evaluation is the linguistic expression of speaker/writer opinion, and has only recently become the focus of linguistic analysis. This book presents the first corpus-based account of evaluation; one hundred newspaper articles collated to form a 70,000 word comparable corpus, drawn from both tabloid and broadsheet media. The book provides detailed explanations and justifications of the underlying framework of evaluation, as well as demonstrating how this is part of the larger framework of media discourse. Unlike many other linguistic analyses of media language, it makes frequent reference to the production circumstances of newspaper discourse, in particular the so-called 'news values' that shape the creation of the news.
Cutting-edge and insightful, Evaluation in Media Discourse will be of interest to academics and researchers in corpus linguistics and media discourse.
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Table of Contents
Introduction I. Evaluation and newspaper discourse 1. Analysing evaluation in the news 2. The news story in its context 3. Delimiting evaluation 4. A new theory of evaluation II. Evaluation in the press: a corpus-based analysis 5. Evaluation in the press: a corpus-based pragmatic analysis III. Empirical and theoretical issues 6. Evaluation: broadsheets vs. tabloids 7. Implications for a new theory of evaluation References Appendices