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Semiotics and Verbal Texts: How the News Media Construct a Crisis


I Written Language and Semiotics Researching the Representation of a CrisisA Semiotic Account of a News StoryResearching News StoriesStory SelectionJournalistic PracticeStructure and FormatNews Media LanguageThe News ReportThe Feature ArticleThe Editorial, Blog, Commentary and ReviewsIn Summary: Difference and Sameness in News ReportingCrisis and CommunicationsThe BP StorySemiotic Discourse AnalysisResearching Written TextToolsCorpus LinguisticsContent and Narrative Analysis ToolsTraditional GrammarPerspectivesCritical Discourse AnalysisPoststructuralist Discourse AnalysisPotter & Wetherell’s Discourse AnalysisEthnography of Written TextComputer-Mediated DiscourseResearching Written Text in Semiotic StudiesThe "Text-as-Graphic” ApproachSystemic Functional GrammarIn SummaryII A Barthesian Conceptualisation of Written Language Theoretical FoundationsAspects of Roland Barthes' WorkSign, Code, Myth, IdeologyThe Level of the SignThe Level of the CodeGenreIntertextualityGrammatical Codes: Modality and the Appraisal SystemThe Level of Mythic MeaningsConnotationMetonym and SynecdocheMetaphorThe Level of IdeologyDiscoursesIn SummaryData Collection and Research PrinciplesChoosing a Source for TextsCompiling a Data SetText, Co-text and ContextResearch Approaches: Micro, Median and MacroResearch Approaches: Qualitative and Quantitative MethodsA Barthesian Analysis of the BP Data in Four StagesSemiotic Discourse Analysis and the "Language Map"Four Stages of AnalysisStage 1: Contextualisation of the BP TextsCountry of OriginGenre of TextsDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataNews ReportsFinancial ReportsSpoken InterviewsFeature ArticlesEditorial or Opinion PiecesArts ReviewsLettersBusiness or Market ReportsIn Summary: The Importance of GenreSalience of the BP StoryThe Contextualisation Stage in SummaryStage 2: Preliminary Analysis of the BP TextsAn Example Text from 2010An Example Text from 2011An Example Text from 2012Features Chosen for AnalysisThe Immersion Stage in SummaryStage 3: A Depth Analysis at the Level of the SignFeature 1: Naming of EventsDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataIn SummaryFeature 2: Naming of PeopleDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataIn SummaryFeature 3: CategorisationDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataIn SummaryStage 3: A Depth Analysis at the Level of the CodeFeature 4: GenreDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataGenre 1: News ReportsGenre 2: Financial ReportsGenre 3: Feature ArticlesGenre 4: Editorial or Opinion PieceGenre 5: Arts ReviewsGenre 6: Business or Market ReportIn SummaryFeature 5: IntertextualityDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataIntertextuality Type 1: Direct and Indirect QuotationIntertextuality Type 2: Press ReleasesIntertextuality Type 3: Other Sources—News Reports, News Agencies and Other ReportsIntertextuality Type 4: Artistic and Literary TextsIntertextuality Type 5: Co-textIn SummaryFeature 6: ModalityDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataIn SummaryStage 3: A Depth Analysis at the Level of Mythic MeaningsFeature 7: MetonymyDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataIn SummaryFeature 8: MetaphorDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataIn SummaryStage 3: A Depth Analysis at the Level of IdeologyFeature 9: DiscoursesDefinition and Analysis MethodFindings from the BP DataDiscourse 1: Objective FactualityDiscourse 2: PositioningDiscourse 3: RedeploymentDiscourse 4: NaturalisationIn SummaryStage 4: A Holistic Analysis of a Single TextAnalysis of a Full BP TextSummary of Section IIIII A Peircean Conceptualisation of Written Language Theoretical FoundationsAspects of Charles Sanders Peirce's workObject, Representamen, InterpretantIcon, Index, SymbolRelationship to the ObjectDistance from the ObjectIcon, Index, Symbol and Verbal LanguageLanguage as a Symbolic SystemIconicity in LanguageIndexicality in LanguageUnderstanding a Set of Texts as a "Sign"—The Peircean PerspectiveA Peircean Interpretation of the BP DataFrom Data Analysis to "Language Maps"Patterns and ProcessesShorthandMetonymyMetaphorNaming of EventsModality and CertaintySpreadGenre and IntertextualitySocial ActorsCategorisationArtDiscursive ShiftsRepresentations as Sign ModesArgument for an "Iconic Phase”Argument for an "Indexical Phase”CategorisationBP Events as IndexArgument for a "Symbolic Phase”Symbolic GenresLayering of IntertextsSymbolic ActorsChanging MetaphorsCategorisationProcess, State and the Blurring of BoundariesBeyond Symbol to Simulacrum—The Naturalised Iconic PhaseIV Concluding Thoughts Other Events, Other ContextsWider Application of Semiotic Discourse AnalysisExample 1: Comparative Study of Policy Documents by Political PartyExample 2: Comparative Study of Policy Documents Over TimeExample 3: Study of a Consumer Issue in Different Written MediumsExample 4: A Different CrisisFinal Words
 
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