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Linguistic manipulation: an analysis of how attitudes are displayed in news reporting
2003 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this paper is to find out whether it is possible to show that newspapers with divergent political positions linguistically display different attitudes when reporting news. In order to study this problem three news articles from the Internet editions of The Daily Telegraph (Conservative), The Guardian (Labour) and The Morning Star (Communist), respectively, have been selected. To make comparison possible the articles selected are of approximately the same length and dealing with the same topic. The topics chosen are more or less tied to politics, as differences in attitude are likely to be shown in news reports covering that field. A number of linguistic features of both syntactic and lexico-semantic character, such as passive and active voice, agentless passives, modality and value words, as well as the use of metaphors have been investigated.

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Keyword [en]
Social Behaviour Law, Linguistics, manipulation, newspapers, metaphors, syntax, lexico-semantics
Keyword [sv]
Samhälls-, beteendevetenskap, juridik
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-53341ISRN: LTU-DUPP--03/27--SELocal ID: a5eb2cd0-bcb2-4305-ab27-01bbd58d3fedOAI: diva2:1026715
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Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, master's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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