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Philosophy - Logic & Philosophy of Language | Controversy as News Discourse

Controversy as News Discourse

Series: Argumentation Library, Vol. 19

Cramer, Peter A.

2011, VIII, 204 p.

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  • 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

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.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Anaphoric Formulas - Argumentation - Citations - Communication - Constitutive Attitudes - Constructed Dialogue - Controversiae - Controversy - Controversy Formulas - Dialectic - Dialogue - Discourse Analysis - Discourse Arts - Distortive Attitudes - Esphoric Formulas - Homophoric Formulas - Journalism - Jurisdiction - Non-phoric Formulas - Philosophical Dialogues - Public Debates - Rhetoric - Supportive Attitudes - Witness Citations

Related subjects » Linguistics - Logic & Philosophy of Language

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