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Event-construal in press reports of violence in political protests: a cognitive linguistic approach to CDA

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>2013
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Language and Politics
Issue number3
Number of pages24
Pages (from-to)400-423
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish


In this paper I extend the scope of the Cognitive Linguistic Approach to Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) by incorporating Langacker's model of Cognitive Grammar in a critical analysis of press reports of violence in two political protests. In doing so, I address issues recently raised against CDA concerning cognitive equivalence. The paper presents an analysis of the alternative conceptualisations of violence invoked in online reports from The Telegraph vs. The Guardian of two recent political protests. Systematic differences in construal are found across several parameters of conceptualisation, including schematization and various ‘focal adjustments', which, it is suggested, represent potential sites of ideological reproduction.

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Journal of Language and Politics 12:3 (2013), 400-423. doi 10.1075/jlp.12.3.05har issn 1569–2159 / e-issn 1569–9862 © John Benjamins Publishing Company. The publisher should be contacted for permission to re-use or reprint the material in any form.