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Analyzing the Media

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Analyzing the Media offers original insights into media studies from a systemic functional linguistics perspective. It features papers from established scholars in the fields of systemic functional linguistics and multimodality as well as from young scholars who have already delivered remarkable contributions to these fields.

The opening chapters explore different functional approaches to analyzing journalistic genres (such as reports, editorials, letters to the editor and popular science features) with a clear emphasis on the examination of linguistic and semiotic textures. They are studied in terms of a range of aspects including generic, thematic and rhetorical structures, the distribution and function of pronouns and of and-parentheticals, engagement, projection and the packaging of voices, modality and authorial voice. Further chapters focus on the lexico-grammatical and functional changes that affect journalistic texts when they are translated for re-publication in a different news culture or adapted for use in the second language classroom. Other papers discuss how the new social media have led to new emerging linguistic practices as in internet forums, how specific multimodal textures, such as smell, can be co-deployed with other meaning-making resources (verbal, visual, spatial) to create specific effects for particular situations (such as in open-house viewing events) and how cultural historical activity theory, an action-oriented theory that does not integrate a model of social semiosis, can be fruitfully combined with SFL theory to explore hitherto unbeaten paths in human–computer interaction.

Analyzing the Media will be useful for students and scholars in Systemic Functional Linguistics and Multimodality as well as to scholars interested in the study of journalism.

Published: Sep 1, 2019

Book Contributors

Section Chapter Authors
Acknowledgements Martin Kaltenbacher, Hartmut Stöckl
List of Figures Martin Kaltenbacher, Hartmut Stöckl
List of Tables Martin Kaltenbacher, Hartmut Stöckl
Chapter 1
Introduction Martin Kaltenbacher, Hartmut Stöckl
Chapter 2
Media and Education: A Functional View on Simplification Criteria of News Articles in the Second Language Classroom Ana Coria, Maria Spinola†, Ann Montemayor-Borsinger
Chapter 3
Personalization as Cultural Practice: The Interpersonal Component of Language in the Opinion Discourse of British, German, and Italian Quality Press Melanie Kerschner
Chapter 4
Generic Structures, Rhetorical Relations and Thematic Patterns in English and Spanish Journalistic Texts: A Comparative Study Julia Lavid, Lara Moratón
Chapter 5
Popular Science Articles in Broadsheet Newspapers, Consumer Magazines, and Specialized Magazines: Engagement Resources from a Translation Perspective Marina Manfredi
Chapter 6
The Interpersonal Metafunction of and-Parenthetical Clauses in English Journalism Carlos Prado-Alonso
Chapter 7
Packaging Voices in the British Press: Aspects of the Logogenesis of Science Dissemination Miriam Perez-Veneros
Chapter 8
English News texts in the Light of Authorial Orientation: A Classification of Subjective and Objecive Text Types Based on the System of Modality Martin Kaltenbacher
Chapter 9
Interpersonal Aspects of an English Language Internet Travel Forum David Banks
Chapter 10
Blending SFL and Activity Theory to Model Communication and Artefact Use: Examples from Human-Computer Interaction Rebekah Wegener, Jörg Cassens
Chapter 11
Smell as Social Semiotic: On the Deployment and Intersemiotic Potential of Smell Daniel Fryer
End Matter
Author Index Martin Kaltenbacher
Subject Index Martin Kaltenbacher