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Evaluation Across Newspaper Genres
Hard News Stories, Editorials and Feature Articles



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ISBN 9780367713928
May 6, 2022 Forthcoming by Routledge
280 Pages

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Book Description

Evaluation across newspaper genres: Hard news stories, editorials and feature articles is the first book-length study of evaluation or stance in three major newspaper genres: hard news stories, editorials and feature articles, the last of which is a Cinderella genre in linguistic studies. It offers a fresh approach to exploring the ways in which evaluation or stance contributes to the construction of the three newspaper genres, each with a distinct communicative purpose.

Key features include:

  • using a 900,000-word comparable corpus of newspaper texts arranged by genre and topic domain
  • drawing on a specially developed framework of analysis with a strong orientation to news values
  • carrying out structural analysis by creating sub-corpora of different parts of newspaper texts
  • adopting a functional approach to evaluation in newspaper discourse.

Evaluation across newspaper genres amply demonstrates that evaluation plays a vital and yet dynamic role in the construction of hard news stories, editorials and feature articles by performing different discourse functions. In doing so, the book also illuminates such important linguistic concepts as specificity/variation and textual colligation. Providing a new and unifying perspective on evaluation as a prime driver of text construction, it will be of interest and use to researchers, teachers and students of English language, applied linguistics and journalism.

Table of Contents

List of tables

Acknowledgements

1 Introduction

PART I

Defining, identifying and categorizing evaluation in discourse

2 Evaluation as a driver of text construction

3 Towards a new approach to evaluation

PART II

Delving into evaluation in newspaper discourse

4 Evaluation in hard news stories

5 Evaluation in editorials

6 Evaluation in feature articles

7 Epistemic evaluation in hard news stories, editorials and feature articles

PART III

Summing up

8 Final considerations

Appendices

1. Evaluative items investigated in SCMP hard news stories

2. Evaluative items investigated in SCMP editorials

3. Evaluative items investigated in SCMP feature articles

References

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Jonathan Ngai is Assistant Professor of Linguistics and Applied linguistics at School of Arts and Social Sciences, Hong Kong Metropolitan University.