Prosody and ideology: a case study of one news report on the 2003 invasion of Iraq

Annabelle Lukin, Lucía Inés Rivas

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The focus of this paper is on the role choices in phonological systems (Brazil, 1997; Halliday & Greaves, 2008) play in the ideological work of a text. Using an instance of news reporting of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, we show how prosodic choices - both those shared with other texts in this register, and those specific to this instance - contribute to the ideological force of the text. The ideological ef-fects of prosodic choices in this text, we argue, include projecting a very particular interpretation of the invasion as if distant and objective, and giving prominence to claims that the invasion was measured and targeted, and by implication in accordance with international law.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)302–334
Number of pages33
JournalLanguage, Context and Text
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 15 Oct 2021


  • ideology
  • prosody
  • register
  • phonology
  • discourse intonation
  • language and war
  • language and news
  • Iraq War
  • systemic functional linguistics
  • Australian Broadcasting Corporation


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