Levels of language description, language varieties, the notion of text and
text grammar; domain and text type, dimensions of variation, genre, the
linguistic features at different levels of text description. Text attack skills.
News discourse; the structure of news items in broadcast news; the
discourse structure of news stories. Structure, choice and the link with
news values. The news programme (openings, idents, transitions,
Background on news values you might like to look at
The Guardian video (2 minutes), titled ‘Three little pigs’, published in
February 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vDGrfhJH1P4.
The BBC video (30 seconds) promotes BBC World News and was
published on 8 January 2013, to coincide with BBC World News being
broadcast live from a new studio, at
AP at http://www.ap.org/company/news-values.
News values and content analysis: The thresholds and other pressures.
Transnational and national news. Critical choices: order, timing, framing,
Picard, R.G. (2010), Value Creation and the Future of News Organisations:
Why and How Journalism must change to remain relevant in the twentyfirst
Century. Barcelona: Media XXI.
TV news comparison: a framework. Critical choices in voice and
Two case studies:
Crossnational (French, Italian and UK perspectives on the EU through TV
Transnational (Al Jazeera, Russia Today, CCTV and F24 on Syria and
Reading: the two case studies in article form
Duguid, A. (2015) Evaluation as positioning in English language world
news channels: CCTV, France 24, Russia Today, Al Jazeera in Piazza,
Haarman, and Caborn (eds) Values and choices in television Discourse.
Thornborrow, J., Haarman, L, Duguid, A. (2012), ‘Discourse of European
Identity in UK, French and Italian TV News, in Bayley, P., and Williams, G.
(eds.), European Identity: What the Media Say. Oxford University Press.
Critical choices: from framing to focusing and realising; from headlines to
news kernal and news subsidiary. Stance and evaluation: a descriptive
framework. Averring and attributing. Evidentiality in news discourse
Tipo testo Testo
Reading: On attribution:
Thompson, G. (1996). Voices in the text: Discourse perspectives on
language reports. Applied linguistics, 17(4), 501-530.
The press and online news discourse. The structure of news stories.
Editorials and opinion pieces.
Evaluation and responsibility for evaluations.
Thompson, G. and Hunston S. (2000), ‘Evaluation: An introduction’, in S.
Hunston and G. Thompson (eds.), Evaluation in Text. Authorial Stance
and the Construction of Discourse. Oxford: OUP, pp. 1-27
Modality. Linguistic and visual evaluation. Graduation: upscaling and
downscaling. Evaluations in figurative language.
Reading: Martin, J. R., and White, P. R. (2005), The language of
evaluation. Chapter 3 Engagement Palgrave Macmillan.
Prova in itinere: Text analysis
NB. The lettorato is a full year course. To ensure a place in a class and for
information about timetables, set books and exams you need to contact
the self-access lab at the beginning of the year (October 1st).