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).
|Title of host publication||Challenges to Systemic Functional Linguistics|
|Subtitle of host publication||Theory and Practice. Proceedings of the 36th International Systemic Functional Congress. 36th ISFC Organizing Committee , Beijing|
|Editors||Yan Fang, Canzhong Wu|
|Place of Publication||Beijing, China|
|Publisher||Tsinghua University and Macquarie University|
|Number of pages||8|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||International Systemic Functional Congress (36th : 2009) - Beijing, China|
Duration: 14 Jul 2009 → 18 Jul 2009
|Conference||International Systemic Functional Congress (36th : 2009)|
|Period||14/07/09 → 18/07/09|
- cohesive harmony
- media discourse
- Sydney Morning Herald
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.