Discourse Analysis of Internet News

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Discourse Analysis of Internet News I. Introduction Inherited the idea of situational context from Malinwoski, Halliday abstracts the theory as semiotic construct, which consists of field, tenor and mode. Any alteration of these three elements may produce different styles of discourse. By change of the field, it can be news about politics, economy, sports, etc; by change of the tenor, it transforms into news reports, editorials and column writings; by change of the mode, it turns out to be newspaper news, broadcasting news, TV news and internet news. As we know, human language changes under the influence of various social and situational factors. Today thanks to the popularization of internet, people can get much more…show more content…
And new information does not exist in the aforementioned as well as the context of communication. Let’s take an example of internet news (titled Deadly Strain of Bird Flu Found in India) to see how its information distributes in the discourse. New 1 - New 1 Given 2 - New 2 Given 3 - New 3 Given 4 - New 4 New 5 - New 5 Given 6 - New 6 New 7 - Given 7 New 8 - New 8 New 9 - New 9 New 10 - New 10 New 11 - Given 11 As to this news, please refer to the following website address: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20060225/ap_on_he_me/bird_flu;_ylt=AmfERM2vmV8JxBscZnEMExSs0NUE;_ylu=X3oDMTA3b3JuZGZhBHNlYwM3MjE- It is generally believed that the given information should be put at the starting point of an utterance (theme), and then follows the new (rheme). However, this rule is not so tough for the example shown at above. At the theme position, 7 sentences begin with new information (63.6%), and 2 sentences have rhemes with given information (18%). The result confirms that internet news is a kind of discourse that is highly packed with relative information. Readers may have a relatively large number
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