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Simplification in the British Press: Binary oppositions in crime reports



Year of publication 2013
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Discourse and Interaction
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Education

Field Linguistics
Keywords simplifiaction; binary oppositions; crime reports; victim; killer; British press; good vs evil; noun phrase
Description The article presents the results of the author's research into the newspaper discourse with focus on the use of binary oppositions in crime reports in current British press. The analysis demonstrates how binary oppositions are used to convey and delimit the identity of victims and killers, where the basic type of opposition is good vs. evil. The use of binary oppositions, which are one of the primary features of simplification in newspaper discourse, enables to identify victims and killers and at the same time express their social status (positive or negative) and thus express evaluation and opinion which are presented to the reader together with facts.

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