'Peace and cohesive harmony'

a diachronic investigation of structure and texture in 'end of war' news reports in the Sydney Morning Herald

Claire Scott

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Abstract

This paper presents one aperture from a multi stratal, diachronic investigation of the changing context of war news reporting in the Sydney Morning Herald from 1902 to 2003. The larger study applies an ensemble of systemic analyses and theoretical perspectives to 'end of war' reports from seven wars over this period. In this paper, a cohesive harmony analysis (following Hasan, 1984, 1985) is applied to three texts (Boer War, Korean War and Iraq War), providing empirical evidence for structural boundaries in the texts and giving an account of the semantics of topical relevance (cf. Cloran, 1999; Lukin, 2008 in press). The findings are compared across the three texts and considered as evidence for shifts in the contextual configuration of the parameters of field, tenor and mode ( cf. Halliday & Hasan, 1985; Hasan, 1995).
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges to Systemic Functional Linguistics
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Practice. Proceedings of the 36th International Systemic Functional Congress. 36th ISFC Organizing Committee , Beijing
EditorsYan Fang, Canzhong Wu
Place of PublicationBeijing, China
PublisherTsinghua University and Macquarie University
Pages89-96
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780980544725
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventInternational Systemic Functional Congress (36th : 2009) - Beijing, China
Duration: 14 Jul 200918 Jul 2009

Conference

ConferenceInternational Systemic Functional Congress (36th : 2009)
CityBeijing, China
Period14/07/0918/07/09

Keywords

  • cohesive harmony
  • diachronic
  • context
  • media discourse
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • armistice

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    Scott, C. (2010). 'Peace and cohesive harmony': a diachronic investigation of structure and texture in 'end of war' news reports in the Sydney Morning Herald. In Y. Fang, & C. Wu (Eds.), Challenges to Systemic Functional Linguistics: Theory and Practice. Proceedings of the 36th International Systemic Functional Congress. 36th ISFC Organizing Committee , Beijing (pp. 89-96). Beijing, China: Tsinghua University and Macquarie University.