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Title: Communicating Conflict
Subtitle: Multilingual Case Studies of the News Media
Edited By: Elizabeth Thomson
Peter R. R. White
URL: http://www.continuumbooks.com/books/detail.aspx?BookId=136487&SearchType=Basic
Description:

Please note: This is a new version of a previously announced book.

Communicating Conflict brings together a collection of multilingual case
studies drawn from the international media. The contributors use
methodologies drawn from Critical Discourse Analysis and Systemic
Functional Linguistics to explore how these texts overtly or covertly
advance particular value positions and world views. They pay particular
attention to how the reader is positioned with respect to the events being
described, and, using appraisal theory, the various voices which are
referenced by the text.

This book is a timely examination of the reporting of conflict around the
world. It will be of interest to researchers in sociolinguistics, discourse
analysis and media studies.

“This book is a good resource for researchers dealing with newspaper
journalism, and the existing differences and similarities between reporting
in different cultures and languages. That is closely connected to one of
the main objectives of this collection of essays, which mainly focus on the
analysis of reporter-voice - and hard news textual organization - as a
means of advancing a particular value position while at the same time
backgrounding the writer's attitudinal role. It is for this reason that one
of the key positive aspects of this book is that it can be considered an
introductory research to the area of comparative analysis of news reporting
across cultures… In terms of thematic and content organization…all the
articles in the book follow the same theoretical framework - appraisal
framework in combination with Systemic Functional Grammar. This allows the
reader to follow all the analyses without having to consider - and shift
between - different theoretical approaches to the analysis of discourse,
and at the same time it increases the book cohesion. Additionally, the book
also follows one thematic line, as all the chapters included in it deal
with some kind of 'conflict'; something which increases its value as a
resource for the study of evaluation in news items… As we can infer from
reading this book, one of the main advantages of the appraisal framework is
that it provides a tool for the analysis of evaluation in a situation in
which finding the linguistic tools through which it can be transmitted is
essential…”
–Laura Filardo Llamas, The Linguist List, December 12, 2008

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Sociolinguistics
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9781441172389
Pages: 302
Prices: U.K. £ 27.99