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Victims vs. Killers in the British Press. Naming Strategies in Murder Reports



Year of publication 2014
Type Monograph
Description The monograph presents the results of a study of means used to express the positive status of victims and negative status of killers in crime reports in the British press. The main focus is on the noun phrase and its informative and evaluative potential as it is exploited both in serious and popular British press. The work argues that certain referential and predicational strategies accentuate particular characteristics of victims and killers, who are typically contrasted as ‘good’ and ‘evil’ in this type of newspaper reports. Social and cultural aspects are also taken into account so that the interface between language and society can be explored. The results suggest that although broadsheets are more reticent than tabloids both types of papers present their readers not only with information but also with socially determined views and attitudes and evaluation of social reality.

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