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Evaluation in media texts: a cross-cultural linguistic investigation

Chen, L. (2004) Evaluation in media texts: a cross-cultural linguistic investigation. Language in Society, 33 (5). pp. 673-702. ISSN 0047-4045


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A quantitative/interpretative approach to the comparative linguistic analysis of media texts is proposed and applied to a contrastive analysis of texts from the English-language China Daily and the UK Times to look for evidence of differences in what Labov calls “evaluation.” These differences are then correlated to differences in the roles played by the media in Britain and China in their respective societies.

The aim is to demonstrate that, despite reservations related to the Chinese texts not being written in the journalists' native language, a direct linguistic comparison of British media texts with Chinese media texts written in English can yield valuable insights into the workings of the Chinese media that supplement nonlinguistic studies.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2004 Cambridge University Press. Reproduced in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Institution: The University of Sheffield
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of East Asian Studies (Sheffield)
Depositing User: Repository Assistant
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2006
Last Modified: 06 Jun 2014 17:10
Published Version: http://journals.cambridge.org/article_s00474045040...
Status: Published
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S0047404504045026
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1613

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