Volume 5, Issue 3, September 2020, Page: 84-90
Critical Discourse Analysis of Sino-U.S. News Reports on Trade War: A Corpus-based Comparative Study
Wang Liyang, College of Foreign Languages, Hunan Institute of Engineering, Xiangtan, China
Wang Jiayi, College of Foreign Languages, Hunan Institute of Engineering, Xiangtan, China
Luo Qian, College of Foreign Languages, Hunan Institute of Engineering, Xiangtan, China
Received: Jul. 20, 2020;       Accepted: Aug. 5, 2020;       Published: Aug. 10, 2020
DOI: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200503.12      View  202      Downloads  195
Since April 2018, the U.S. government headed by U.S. President Trump has adopted trade protection measures, and the Sino-U.S. trade war broke out. This lasting event has attracted widespread attention from domestic and foreign media, and the attitudes and opinions presented by various reports are different. In order to explore more in-depth information behind news reports, we analyze the Sino-U.S. trade war news based on the collected corpora. By combining corpus analysis and Fairclough's three-dimensional analysis framework of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) and collecting 15 news reports on the websites of China Daily and The Wall Street Journal respectively from January 2019 to January 2020, this study explores the focuses of Sino-U.S. reports and their attitudes towards Sino-U.S. trade issues, and further reveals the national images of the two countries constructed by the media. It is found that the Wall Street Journal reports focus on the tariff policies and the economic impact of the Sino-U.S. trade war on its own country. While China Daily reports focus on response to trade war. For building a national image, The Wall Street Journal uses more positive words to construct the United States as an image of strong and just. China Daily builds China as an image of a big country that actively responded to challenges and actively promoted global free trade and peaceful coexistence. This study provides some empirical evidence for the critical discourse analysis of news discourse, deepens our understanding of the ideology hidden behind the news discourse, and has a certain enlightening role for discourse analysis of different genres.
Corpus Research, Critical Discourse Analysis, Sino-U.S. Trade War
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Wang Liyang, Wang Jiayi, Luo Qian, Critical Discourse Analysis of Sino-U.S. News Reports on Trade War: A Corpus-based Comparative Study, English Language, Literature & Culture. Vol. 5, No. 3, 2020, pp. 84-90. doi: 10.11648/j.ellc.20200503.12
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