Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Manipulation in Newspaper Articles: A Political Discourse Analysis of Lexical Choice and Manipulation in Japanese Newspaper Crisis Reporting in the case of North Korea
Dalarna University, School of Humanities and Media Studies, Japanese.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper analyzes some forms of linguistic manipulation in Japanese in newspapers when reporting on North Korea and its nuclear tests. The focus lies on lexical ambiguity in headlines and journalist’s voices in the body of the articles, that results in manipulation of the minds of the readers. The study is based on a corpus of nine articles from two of Japan’s largest newspapers Yomiuri Online and Asahi Shimbun Digital. The linguistic phenomenon that contribute to create manipulation are divided into Short Term Memory impact or Long Term Memory impact and examples will be discussed under each of the categories.The main results of the study are that headlines in Japanese newspapers do not make use of an ambiguous, double grounded structure. However, the articles are filled with explicit and implied attitudes as well as attributed material from people of a high social status, which suggests that manipulation of the long term memory is a tool used in Japanese media.

Abstract [ja]


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Keyword [en]
ambiguity, articles, attitudes, headlines, long term memory, manipulation, North Korea, short term memory
National Category
Specific Languages General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:du-14605OAI: diva2:731247
Available from: 2014-07-03 Created: 2014-07-01 Last updated: 2015-01-15Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(1620 kB)240 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 1620 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Specific LanguagesGeneral Language Studies and Linguistics

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 240 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 243 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link