LINGUIST List 31.834

Thu Feb 27 2020

Confs: Applied Ling, Disc Analysis, Philosophy of Lang, Pragmatics, Text/Corpus Ling/Belgium

Editor for this issue: Lauren Perkins <>

Date: 26-Feb-2020
From: Martina Temmerman <>
Subject: A True and Fair View: Communicative, Linguistic and Ethical Aspects of Expressing Point of View in Journalism
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A True and Fair View: Communicative, Linguistic and Ethical Aspects of Expressing Point of View in Journalism
Short Title: Fairview

Date: 10-Dec-2020 - 11-Dec-2020
Location: Africa Museum ( Tervuren (near Brussels), Belgium
Contact: Martina Temmerman
Contact Email: < click here to access email >
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics; Discourse Analysis; Philosophy of Language; Pragmatics; Text/Corpus Linguistics

Meeting Description:

Fourth biennial conference of the Brussels Institute for Journalism Studies (BIJU). Our conferences bring together scholars from different backgrounds studying journalism and have a strong linguistic slant.

Plenary speakers:
Karin Wahl-Jorgensen (Cardiff University, UK)
Peter R. R. White (University of New South Wales, Australia)

Many different aspects come to mind when thinking about views and standpoints in (journalistic) communication. Many different terms apply as well. In linguistics, stance, vantage point and footing are differentiated and non-interchangeable terms for referring to the perspective from which one communicates. Applying these insights to journalistic communication offers exciting new way of approaching the expression of perspective in journalistic writing and reporting.
The linguistic study of reported speech and quoting can also contribute to the study of expressing perspective. Quoting several sources is a commonly used technique for keeping a neutral or ‘neutralistic’ position in journalism, at the risk of giving a too broad forum to non-relevant sources or leaving the news consumer puzzled.

The line between point of view and opinion is thin. When expressing opinions, assessments are made. In order to be able to judge whether a situation is desirable or non-desirable, a norm has to be defined and this raises new questions. How do journalists express or imply the norms or reference points they operate from? In this context, the application of linguistic Appraisal Theory can be illuminating.

We invite participants to engage in a critical discussion of point of view in journalism. Possible questions which can be addressed are: is it possible to define the ‘proper’ standpoint, is it possible to give a full account of a state of affairs, does the traditional journalistic method of including multiple sources guarantee balanced reporting, is interpretive or transparent journalism to be preferred over the traditional ‘neutralistic’ journalism, how can interpretive forms of journalism be meaningfully differentiated, measured and assessed, how does point of view relate to verification, assertion, and affirmation, how can stances and points of view be rendered linguistically and/or visually, is there a place for emotions in journalism, what are the ethical implications of expressing points of view in journalism?

Inspirational literature:
Wahl-Jorgensen, Karin (2019). Emotions, Media and Politics. Cambridge: Polity Press.
White, Peter R. R. (2020). The Putative Reader in Mass Media Persuasion: Stance, Argumentation and Ideology. Discourse and Communication (online soon).

Call for Papers:

We welcome submissions from all relevant disciplinary backgrounds approaching topics including but certainly not limited to:
• The objectivity norm / bias in news reporting
• Interpretive journalism
• Transparency in journalism
• All forms of advocacy journalism
• The position of point of view in non-Western models of journalism
• Ethical aspects of the expression of opinion
• Linguistic devices for neutralism
• Plurivocity in news reporting
• Appraisal and alignment
• Point of view or the expression of ‘voice’ in visual communication
• Fake news / Post-truth
We welcome both qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and analyses at process, product/text, and/or audience level.

Please send a proposal of no more than 300 words (excluding selected references) together with your affiliation and a short biography (c. 100 words) to by 30 June 2020. Decisions will be announced by 15 July.

Questions about any aspect of the conference should be addressed to
For updates on the practical organization, please check our website

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