Edited By Giuliana Elena Garzone, Mara Logaldo and Francesca Santulli
The contributions collected in this book deal with the representation of conflict in the periodical press, which has often been an arena of adversarial stances, staged and enacted either within the same publication or enlarged to involve various newspapers and magazines in a series of provocations and replies. Underlying all the contributions is the awareness that the periodical press provides an ideal terrain for research on the discursive representation of conflict, having the prerogative to combine insight with a constant updating of the debate. The issue is approached in an interdisciplinary perspective, bringing linguistics and discourse analysis with Periodical Studies, hence highlighting the connection between language and ideology. The focus on lexical choices and rhetorical devices used to tackle current controversial issues such as Brexit, immigration, violence in sports, policies regarding health and food, women’s role and legal matters ultimately transcends national boundaries to become more widely representative of today’s discourses of conflict.
Addressing Immigration in English-language Online Newspapers: Lexical Choices and Their Ideological Implications
The topic of immigration received special attention a few years ago when a larger number of people headed towards Europe, wanting to reach Germany and other West European countries. The news focused on these events and covered them extensively, but ignored other forms of migration. The picture of immigration was therefore much simplified in the news; in reality it is more complex and varied. The aim of this analysis is to investigate migration, giving the full picture, and to analyse the distribution of topics as well as the language used in news coverage.1
To do so, this paper considers online news articles from British, US-American and Australian newspapers. The study draws on a qualitative analysis of topics covered as well as on a corpus linguistic analysis. It will be shown that the choice of events that are reported, as well as the language used in the news, are worth examining, as they have ideological implications.
2 Ideology and news
There are many studies that examine ideology in the media (for an overview see Davies 2013: 4–5). Linguistic investigations include ←155 | 156→Fowler (1991), Fairclough (1995), van Dijk (1998), and Johnson/Milani (2010), among others. Studies of migration and the media are equally numerous (e.g., Messer et al. 2012; Baker/Gabrielatos/McEnery 2013; Bond 2015; Piller 2016).
In classic studies, ideology has been defined in relation to power and dominance. Since the twentieth century, ideology has been more negatively...
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