Exploratory Discourse on Media Discourse
by Hasan Ansary
This book provides an in-depth analysis of the generic integrity of English newspaper editorials. It applies a Hallidayian SFL (Systemic Functional ... Show synopsis This book provides an in-depth analysis of the generic integrity of English newspaper editorials. It applies a Hallidayian SFL (Systemic Functional Linguistics) framework of text analysis to an array of native and non-native English editorials. It catalogs their micro-textual index (Chain Interaction analysis) and uncovers their macro-rhetorical skeleton (Generic Structure Potential analysis). Finally, it offers a qualitative and quantitative cross-cultural comparison to highlight textual variation from one culture to another. The findings, likely to be of interest to those involved in education, applied linguistics, and the media, cast light on the validity of the Generic Structure Potential (GSP) analysis in the context of Contrastive Rhetoric (CR) research, relate the significance of Chain Interaction (CI) analysis to genre theory, and illustrate their far-reaching implications for both genre pedagogy, in general, and the theory and practice of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL), in particular.