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ERIC Number: EJ745629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jan
Pages: 19
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0019-042X
Transitivity in Media Texts: Negative Verbal Process Sub-Functions and Narrator Bias
Chen, Lily
International Review of Applied Linguistics in Language Teaching (IRAL), v43 n1 p33-51 Jan 2005
A refinement of the verbal process category of MAK Halliday's System of Transitivity makes it possible to distinguish three sub-categories of verbal process: positive, negative and neutral. This in turn makes possible an analysis of negative verbal processes used in a corpus of 50 news texts from the "UK Times" which reveals some of the linguistic strategies used by journalists to encode their own (or their newspaper's own) world view in what they write and hence--intentionally or otherwise--to subtly push their readers' perception of the meaning of a text in a particular direction. The analysis also sheds light on the ways in which the dramatic content of a narrative can be enriched by the choice of certain verbal processes rather than others. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom