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Language in the News

Discourse and Ideology in the Press, 1st Edition

By Roger Fowler

Routledge

272 pages

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First Published in 1991. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Reviews

'At last, a compact and accessible text providing A-level students with hands-on experienc of analysing newsprint.' - The A-Level English Magazine

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Xl

1 Introduction: the importance of language in the

news 1

2 The social construction of news 10

Bias or representation 10

News values 12

Stereotypes 17

Social and economic Jactors in news selection 19

3 Language and representation 25

The linguistic background 26

Anthropological linguistics: language, culture and thought 28

Functional linguistics, variation, social semiotic 32

Social semiotic in news discourse: an example 38

Discourse and the reader 41

4 Conversation and consensus 46

The 'public idiom' and the Jormation oj consensus 46

Consensus and contradiction 48

Categorization and conversation 54

Oral models in the Press 59

5 Analytic tools: critical linguistics 66

Linguistic tools 68

Transitivity 70

Some syntactic transformations oj the clause 76

Lexical structure 80

Interpersonal elements: modality 85

Interpersonal elements: speech acts 87

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6 Discrimination in discourse: gender and power 91

Personalization 91

Discrimination 93

Discrimination and power 105

7 Terms of abuse and of endearment 110

Rambo and the mad dog 112

Postscript 119

8 Attitudes to power 120

Ideological roles of the Press 120

The dominance of the status quo: hospital patients as

powerless 124

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9 A Press scare: the salmonella-in-eggs affair 146

Press hysteria 146

Participants 151

Chronology 153

Some aspects of hysterical style 160

10 The salmonella-in-eggs affair: Pandora's box 170

What am I? 170

Pandora's box: generating and equating new instances 174

'What am P' revisited 178

Closing Pandora's box: what are you going to do about

~? 181

Blame the housewife 186

The persistence of paradigms 202

11 Leading the people: editorial authority 208

12 Conclusion: prospects for critical news analysis 222

Notes 235

Index

About the Author

Roger Fowler

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies