LINGUIST List 32.1151

Wed Mar 31 2021

Books: Transgender Identities in the Press: Zottola

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Date: 26-Feb-2021
From: Khadija Ahmed <>
Subject: Transgender Identities in the Press: Zottola
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Title: Transgender Identities in the Press
Subtitle: A Corpus-based Discourse Analysis
Published: 2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Author: Angela Zottola
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350097568 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 85.50
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350097551 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 85.50
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350097544 Pages: 224 Price: U.K. £ 95.00

For many people, newspapers are a key source of information on many topics, including issues related to gender and sexuality. Applying a broad range of corpus linguistic methods, Transgender Identities in the Press critically explores the linguistic cues and patterns used by the print media in their representation of trans people.

Through close analysis of a corpus of articles collected from English-language newspapers from the UK and Canada, Angela Zottola focuses on the semantic categories of representation associated with transgender identities. Exploring a set of key terms, this book examines the semantic prosody and the language choices that each term is invested with, using Critical Discourse Analysis to investigate how the way the press represents this topic influences readers and their understanding of the major debates.

Using a mixture of quantitative and qualitative methods, Transgender Identities in the Press casts light on the complex picture of press language during a period of social change and increasing awareness. Highlighting both efforts to represent this community in an inclusive and non-discriminatory way and areas where there is need for improvement, this book illustrates a variety of issues from a critical and social perspective.

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Text/Corpus Linguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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