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
    JournalLanguage, Context and Text
    Issue number1
    Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021


    • ideology
    • prosody
    • register
    • phonology
    • discourse intonation

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