Semiotics and Verbal Texts: How the News Media Construct a Crisis - Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse (Hardback)
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Semiotics and Verbal Texts: How the News Media Construct a Crisis - Postdisciplinary Studies in Discourse (Hardback)

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Hardback 272 Pages / Published: 06/01/2017
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This book offers an innovative approach to analysing written texts, grounded in principles of semiotics. Envisaging whole news media representations as `signs', and using the real-world example of the BP Deepwater Horizon crisis, the author demonstrates how business crises are constructed through language. Gravells identifies patterns of language which show a progression from one kind of `current news' representation to a different kind of coverage. This coverage positions the crisis as having symbolic and conventional meaning within varied social contexts, including the arts, business and the environment. Using a wealth of examples from the BP story to illustrate her practical research approach, Gravells draws `language maps' of different phases of the crisis representation, showing how an early `iconic' phase of representation moves through an `indexical' to a `symbolic' phase, and projects a return to a `naturalised icon'. This book will be of interest to researchers and students of semiotics, those exploring research methods and linguists with an interest in business and media communications.

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
ISBN: 9781137587480
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 4804 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 x 18 mm
Edition: 1st ed. 2017

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