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Discourse Studies – Ways and Crossroads

Insights into Cultural, Diachronic and Genre Issues in the Discipline

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Edited By Karolina Bros and Grzegorz Kowalski

The volume brings together papers emerging from the GlobE conference (University of Warsaw). The authors explore major topics in Discourse Studies, offering insights into the field’s theoretical foundations and discussing the results of its empirical applications. The book integrates different lines of research in Discourse Studies as undertaken at academic centres Europe-wide and beyond. In this diversity, the editors identify certain dominant lines of study, including (new) media discourse, political discourse in the age of social/digital media, or professional discourse in globalized workplace contexts. At the same time, the volume shows that Discourse Studies not only investigate emerging language phenomena, but also critically reassess research issues formerly addressed.

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Nuclear power discourse in The New York Times, The Independent, and Dnevnik (Desislava Cheshmedzhieva-Stoycheva)

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Desislava Cheshmedzhieva-Stoycheva

University of Shumen, Bulgaria

Nuclear power discourse in The New York Times, The Independent, and Dnevnik

Abstract: Nuclear power is a debatable issue. While statistics show it to be a low-cost source of energy, it also entails large investments in the development of new plants and, importantly, involves risk factors around their operation. Chernobyl and Fukushima Daiichi are only two of the numerous examples of nuclear plant accidents that come to mind.

Provoked, on the one hand, by the public debates and the referendum which followed on the development of a new atomic power station in Belene, Bulgaria, in 2013, and on the other hand, by concurrent international debates over similar projects in the UK and the US, this paper analyses the ways in which an American, a British and a Bulgarian newspapers present the conflicting issue of the development of nuclear power plants in the three respective countries in 2013. Using CDA as the main approach of analysis the paper compares and contrasts the ways in which these three different cultures view the said issue as reflected in their national media.

1. Introduction

Currently there are heated debates over the pros and cons of nuclear energy, many of which appear in media discourse. Certain events, such as the disaster in Chernobyl in 1986 and more recently the accident at Fukushima Daiichi in 2011, have fostered reassessment of some countries’ policies towards nuclear...

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