A Corpus-Assisted Discourse Study of the Media Language

Safa Attia[1], Jesus Romero-Trillo[2]

[1] Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Departamento de Filología Inglesa, safattia01@gmail.com


[2] Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Departamento de Filología Inglesa, jesus.romero@uam.es


The present study analyses media coverage of the Egyptian revolution (2011-2015). We use the corpus-assisted discourse (CADS) approach to examine how Arabic and English media covered the 2011 protests in Egypt. Adapting corpus techniques and the discursive news values analysis (DNVA) approach, We analyse a bilingual (Arabic and English) corpus of news reports in Al Jazeera and Al Arabiya), as well as the Western written media in English (BBC and CNN). This method helps to uncover differences and similarities between the three media categories in terms of collocations’ categories, frequency distribution, and story content. The results suggest several inconsistencies in the frequency distribution along with many similarities in the collocations categories, story contents and the news values, based mainly on a negative ideology that focuses on the unstable political life and the violent social protests, which manipulates the audience and affects their understanding of the news.

Keywords: Corpus analysis, critical discourse analysis, news values, ideology, media


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