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Controversy as News Discourse

Controversy as News Discourse This book presents a constitutive approach to controversy based on a discourse analysis of news texts, focusing on the role of journalists as participants who shape public controversy for readers. Drawing data from the Reuters Corpus, the project identifies formulas that journalists use in reporting controversy and draws conclusions about how these serve professional and textual functions and how they shape public controversy as a natural, historical, and pragmatic event. While the traditions of dialectic and rhetoric have focused on the prescriptive aim of training participants to resolve controversies in philosophical dialogue or public debate settings, this orientation has tended to preempt questions about where controversy is located and how it is shaped. This project contributes to descriptive, ethnographic research about controversy, using discourse analysis to address a problem in argumentation.; Drawing on data from the Reuters Corpus, this book presents a constitutive approach to controversy based on a discourse analysis of news texts. The book focuses on the role of journalists as participants who shape public controversy for readers. ; Acknowledgements.- 1. Introduction: Where is Controversy?.- 2. Controversies and Texts.- 3. Genres of Controversy: The Philosophical Dialogue and the News Article.- 4. Controversy as an Event Category.- 5. Reporting Controversy in Constructed Dialogue.- 6. Locations of Controversy.- Bibliography.- Index. ; This book presents a constitutive approach to controversy based on a discourse analysis of news texts, focusing on the role of journalists as participants who shape public controversy for readers. Drawing data from the Reuters Corpus, the project identifies formulas that journalists use in reporting controversy and draws conclusions about how these serve professional and textual functions and how they shape public controversy as a natural, historical, and pragmatic event. While the traditions of dialectic and rhetoric have focused on the prescriptive aim of training participants to resolve controversies in philosophical dialogue or public debate settings, this orientation has tended to preempt questions about where controversy is located and how it is shaped. This project contributes to descriptive, ethnographic research about controversy, using discourse analysis to address a problem in argumentation. ; Methodology demonstrates for readers the value of discourse analysis Object of study helps readers understand the role of news in public controversy Approach reveals for readers controversy as a product of speaking and writing; GB http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

Controversy as News Discourse

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Springer Netherlands
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Copyright © Springer Basel AG
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10.1007/978-94-007-1288-1
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Abstract

This book presents a constitutive approach to controversy based on a discourse analysis of news texts, focusing on the role of journalists as participants who shape public controversy for readers. Drawing data from the Reuters Corpus, the project identifies formulas that journalists use in reporting controversy and draws conclusions about how these serve professional and textual functions and how they shape public controversy as a natural, historical, and pragmatic event. While the traditions of dialectic and rhetoric have focused on the prescriptive aim of training participants to resolve controversies in philosophical dialogue or public debate settings, this orientation has tended to preempt questions about where controversy is located and how it is shaped. This project contributes to descriptive, ethnographic research about controversy, using discourse analysis to address a problem in argumentation.; Drawing on data from the Reuters Corpus, this book presents a constitutive approach to controversy based on a discourse analysis of news texts. The book focuses on the role of journalists as participants who shape public controversy for readers. ; Acknowledgements.- 1. Introduction: Where is Controversy?.- 2. Controversies and Texts.- 3. Genres of Controversy: The Philosophical Dialogue and the News Article.- 4. Controversy as an Event Category.- 5. Reporting Controversy in Constructed Dialogue.- 6. Locations of Controversy.- Bibliography.- Index. ; This book presents a constitutive approach to controversy based on a discourse analysis of news texts, focusing on the role of journalists as participants who shape public controversy for readers. Drawing data from the Reuters Corpus, the project identifies formulas that journalists use in reporting controversy and draws conclusions about how these serve professional and textual functions and how they shape public controversy as a natural, historical, and pragmatic event. While the traditions of dialectic and rhetoric have focused on the prescriptive aim of training participants to resolve controversies in philosophical dialogue or public debate settings, this orientation has tended to preempt questions about where controversy is located and how it is shaped. This project contributes to descriptive, ethnographic research about controversy, using discourse analysis to address a problem in argumentation. ; Methodology demonstrates for readers the value of discourse analysis Object of study helps readers understand the role of news in public controversy Approach reveals for readers controversy as a product of speaking and writing; GB

Published: Jun 17, 2011

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