Talking about Europe in British, Italian and Polish TV News Programmes: Silvia de Candia, Mikołaj Deckert and Marco Venuti
Talking about Europe in British, Italian and Polish TV News Programmes Silvia de Candia, Mikołaj Deckert and Marco Venuti Abstract The present study investigates the role of “accessed voices” in British, Italian and Polish TV news reports through the analysis of a comparable multilingual corpus consisting of transcripts of TV news programmes (both public and commercial channels). All news stories included in the corpus have been divided into items related to ‘Europe’ on the one hand, and ‘other’ (both domestic news and international non-European stories) on the other. We will focus on the role of attribution, mainly drawing on the Appraisal System (Martin and White 2005), in utterances by “accessed voices”, and the rhetorical effects deriving from such positioning In order to carry out the comparison, the corpus will be queried exploiting the XML annotation which allows for detailed comparisons between countries and voices. A quantitative analysis will make it possible to compare different uses of sources in TV news programmes when news items deal with Europe vis-à-vis other topics. The comparison of TV news programmes in the three countries will show the way different forms of attribution are used when Europe related topics are dealt with. The quantitative analysis will be complemented with a more qualitative approach to a set of news items on climate change which will help shed light on the differences in attitude towards Europe across the three countries. Keywords IntUne TV corpus, accessed voice, keywords. Introduction News programmes present a very specific structure...
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