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LINGUIST List 21.2314

Fri May 21 2010

Books: Discourse Analysis: Durant

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        1.    Daniel Davies, Meaning in the Media: Durant

Message 1: Meaning in the Media: Durant
Date: 17-May-2010
From: Daniel Davies <ddaviescambridge.org>
Subject: Meaning in the Media: Durant
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Title: Meaning in the Media
Subtitle: Discourse, Controversy and Debate
Published: 2010
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
                http://us.cambridge.org

Author: Alan Durant
Hardback: ISBN: 9780521199582 Pages: Price: ----
Hardback: ISBN: 9780511686023 Pages: Price: ----
Paperback: ISBN: 9780521136402 Pages: Price: ----
Abstract:

Meaning in the Media addresses the issue of how we should respond to
competing claims about meaning put forward in confrontations between people
or organisations in highly charged circumstances such as bitter public
controversies and expensive legal disputes. Alan Durant draws attention to
the pervasiveness and significance of such meaning-related disputes in the
media, investigating how their 'meaning' dimension is best described and
explained. Through his analysis of deception, distortion, bias, false
advertising, offensiveness and other kinds of communicative behaviour that
trigger interpretive disputes, Durant shows that we can understand both
meaning and media better if we focus in new ways on moments in discourse
when the apparently continuous flow of understanding and agreement breaks
down. This lively and contemporary volume will be invaluable to students
and teachers of linguistics, media studies, journalism and law.

Acknowledgements;
Introduction;

Part I. Communication Failure and Interpretive Conflict:
1. From personal disagreement to meaning troublespot;
2. Signs of trouble;
3. Different kinds of meaning question;

Part II. Making Sense of 'Meaning':
4. Meaning and the appeal to semantics;
5. Interpretive variation;
6. Time-based meaning;

Part III. Verbal Disputes and Approaches to Resolving Them:
7. Meaning as a knockout competition;
8. Standards of interpretation;

Part IV. Analysing Disputes in Different Fields of Law and Regulation:
9. Defamation: 'reasonably capable of bearing the meaning attributed';
10. Advertising: 'not only what is said, but what is reasonably implied';
11. Offensiveness: 'if there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable';

Part V. Conclusion:
12. Trust in interpretation;

References.


Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis

Written In: English (eng )

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