Private hospitals are potentially torn between two conflicting purposes of providing medical care and profit making (e.g. Relman, 2008; Thompson, 1993), and this has implications for the way they communicate their goals. Due to social constraints, they are unlikely to openly express that their main goal is profit making. Conversely, pressure from shareholders may force them to openly and heavily advertise services they offer to attract potential patients. These competing agendas suggest the use of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) to uncover opaque and transparent uses of language (Fairclough, 1985; Van Dijk, 2003; Wodak, 2001). However, traditional CDA has come under criticism for allowing analysts to find whatever they want to find (e.g. Widdowson, 1995). Moreover, there is also a tendency to favour the use of certain methods (e.g. metaphor analysis) that conveniently allow the analysts to assign specific critical interpretations within a given text leading to the potential for overinterpretation (O’Halloran, 2007). These criticisms highlight an aspect of CDA that deserves investigation. Thus, this paper presents an approach to conducting a CDA of private hospital websites which addresses these criticisms by reducing the impact of preconceived beliefs on interpretations.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the International Conference|
|Subtitle of host publication||Doing Research in Applied Linguistics|
|Place of Publication||Bangkok, Thailand|
|Publisher||King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Macquarie University|
|Number of pages||11|
|Publication status||Published - 2011|
|Event||Doing Research in Applied Linguistics - Bangkok, Thailand|
Duration: 21 Apr 2011 → 22 Apr 2011
|Conference||Doing Research in Applied Linguistics|
|Period||21/04/11 → 22/04/11|
Carreon, J. R., & Todd, R. W. (2011). Analysing private hospital websites from a critical perspective: potential issues of methodology, analysis and interpretation of findings. In Proceedings of the International Conference: Doing Research in Applied Linguistics (pp. 26-36). Bangkok, Thailand: King Mongkut’s University of Technology Thonburi and Macquarie University.