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Analysing intersubjective resources in Persian and English newspaper opinion/editorials

Shokouhi, Hossein and Akbarzadeh, Fatemeh 2017, Analysing intersubjective resources in Persian and English newspaper opinion/editorials, Poznán studies in contemporary linguistics, vol. 53, no. 2, pp. 281-303, doi: 10.1515/psicl-2017-0011.

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Title Analysing intersubjective resources in Persian and English newspaper opinion/editorials
Author(s) Shokouhi, Hossein
Akbarzadeh, Fatemeh
Journal name Poznán studies in contemporary linguistics
Volume number 53
Issue number 2
Start page 281
End page 303
Total pages 23
Publisher De Gruyter
Place of publication Berlin, Germany
Publication date 2017-06
ISSN 1897-7499
Keyword(s) opinions/editorials
monogloss and heterogloss
Persian
American
Summary This study is to uncover the persuasive means of inviting or restricting alternative voices in Iranian and American press. About 10,000 engagement tokens were gathered from 216 newspaper opinions/editorials written between 2005 and 2010 on the Iranian nuclear program in two Persian newspapers, Iran and Aftab-e-Yazd, two English newspapers written by Persian writers – Tehran Times and Keyhan International – and two American newspapers written by American writers – New York Times and Washington Post. The Appraisal theory based on “contract” and “expand” linguistic features (Martin and White2005) was used to compare the lexico-grammar of the engagement tokens. Central to their engagement are the dialogic heterogloss which acknowledges the diversity of voices in discourse and the undialogized monogloss which disregards the diversity. The investigation has revealed that whereas the op/eds written in Persian took the lead in using “endorse” and “counter”, two micro linguistic features of “contract”, (e.g., terms such as although, never, etc.), the American op/eds opted for “entertain” micro linguistic feature of “expand” (e.g., perhaps, argue, etc.). Interestingly, the op/eds written in English by the Persians stood in the middle, between the Americans and those written in Persian. However, when using terms that involve national interest, the latter group echo the Persian writers’ voice.
Language eng
DOI 10.1515/psicl-2017-0011
Field of Research 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
2004 Linguistics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2017, Faculty of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland
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Free to Read Start Date 2018-07-01
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30097874

Document type: Journal Article
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