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Critically Analysing Newspaper Discourse: A Study of Representation of Ideological Approaches in British Broadsheet Newspapers
Halmstad University, School of Education, Humanities and Social Science.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This is a linguistic study that focuses on language use in four British newspapers that are well known in Britain for their political positions. The main aim of this essay is to compare and con-trast different British newspapers in order to show how meaning is created and to identify any differences, depending on the discourse. To do this, specific theoretical frameworks have been applied, including critical discourse analysis, semantics, pragmatics and stylistics in the analysis of a number of different British newspapers.

The analysis has shown that most of the interactions are used in all of the articles. Journalists have expressed many of the same arguments in their articles. The analysis showed that the arti-cles had many features in common and they require the reader to have a general political aware-ness as well as an understanding of the political leanings of the respective publications. It was discovered that the main difference in the articles is that they deviate from one another in how they present, interpret and relay topical and potentially controversial issues according to their leanings. The articles refer to the same stories and rely upon the same sources, but they pursue different angles, for example on national security, heritage and identity. These different ap-proaches mostly depend on the newspapers' and individual journalists' political leanings. There is a difference in which discoursal features, such as hegemony and subject positioning, are used, where they occur in the text and how frequently they occur. The determining factor for these differences appears to be, however, the nature of the topic and issues surrounding it rather than particular political affiliations of those responsible for producing it.

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2018. , p. 50
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hh:diva-36713OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hh-36713DiVA, id: diva2:1203190
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English
Educational program
The Language Studies Programme - Processing and Editing Texts, 180 credits
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Available from: 2018-05-03 Created: 2018-05-02 Last updated: 2018-05-03Bibliographically approved

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