Event-construal in press reports of violence in political protests: a cognitive linguistic approach to CDA

Hart, Christopher (2013) Event-construal in press reports of violence in political protests: a cognitive linguistic approach to CDA. Journal of Language and Politics, 12 (3). pp. 400-423. ISSN 1569-2159

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Abstract

In this paper I extend the scope of the Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) by incorporating Langacker’s model of Cognitive Grammar in a critical analysis of press reports of violence in two political protests. In doing so, I address issues recently raised against CDA concerning cognitive equivalence. The paper presents an analysis of the alternative conceptualisations of violence invoked in online reports from The Telegraph vs. The Guardian of two recent political protests. Systematic differences in construal are found across several parameters of conceptualisation, including schematization and various ‘focal adjustments’, which, it is suggested, represent potential sites of ideological reproduction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: critical discourse analysis, cognitive grammar, action schemas, focal adjustments, political protests
Subjects: L200 Politics
P300 Media studies
Q100 Linguistics
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Humanities
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Depositing User: Christopher Hart
Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2012 13:15
Last Modified: 09 May 2017 05:08
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/6260

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