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Nominaliseeritud protsessi agent meediauudistes
Agent of the Nominalized Process in Media News

Author(s): Reet Kasik
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Teaduste Akadeemia Kirjastus
Keywords: text analysis; language and media; functional linguistics; processes and participants; syntax; noun phrase

Summary/Abstract: The article examines on the basis of the 2006 issues of the newspaper Postimees the types of processes conveyed in nominalizations and the way the agent of the process is presented. The classification of the processes is based on the principles of functional grammar. It appeared that in case verbal processes predominate in main clauses, then mostly material processes are presented in the nominalized form. In more than half of the cases the agent was not mentioned. However, if the agent is mentioned, its meaning is usually collective and it is formally left in the background, being grammatically unrelated to the process.

  • Issue Year: 2005
  • Issue No: 51
  • Page Range: 021-037
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: Estonian