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The Discourse Analysis of a Newspaper Article
The Discourse Analysis of a Newspaper Article

Author(s): Elena Buja
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Scientia
Keywords: sentence topic; discourse topic; discourse-as-process; context; reference

Summary/Abstract: This paper is meant as an attempt to show the way in which by analysing the discourse of a newspaper article, we may uncover a certain culture in a specific period of its historical development. In order to do that, I have chosen an article from a Romanian satirical newspaper, Academia Caţavencu, which I found particularly interesting as it poses a number of problems for the analysis. The analysis is based on Widdowson’s (1979) view of discourse-as-process, the focus being on three main aspects, namely the role of context, topic and the representation of discourse content, and the nature of reference in text. Hopefully, by investigating these aspects I could bring further evidence in support of the idea that a text can be regarded as an interaction between the writer and the reader.

  • Issue Year: 2/2010
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 259-271
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English