Title

Venezuela in the News: A Systemic Functional Linguistic Analysis

Date

5-31-2018 1:00 PM

End Time

31-5-2018 3:00 PM

Location

WUC Summit

Session Chair

AES Team

Session Title

Afternoon Multidisciplinary poster Session

Presentation Type

Poster session

Faculty Sponsor(s)

Cornelia Paraskevas

Abstract

This paper uses a systemic functional linguistic approach to analyze the differences between U.S. and Venezuelan news reports on the presidential elections in Venezuela. Agency, types of themes, modality, and evaluative vocabulary were all analyzed to identify possible biases within the articles. While there was little to no difference between the articles for some of the features, the use of agency and evaluative vocabulary did point toward a general negative outlook on the elections and Maduro's government in the American newspapers. The Venezuelan reports, on the other hand, had a more positive approach and attribute less responsibility to Maduro.

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Venezuela in the News: A Systemic Functional Linguistic Analysis

WUC Summit

This paper uses a systemic functional linguistic approach to analyze the differences between U.S. and Venezuelan news reports on the presidential elections in Venezuela. Agency, types of themes, modality, and evaluative vocabulary were all analyzed to identify possible biases within the articles. While there was little to no difference between the articles for some of the features, the use of agency and evaluative vocabulary did point toward a general negative outlook on the elections and Maduro's government in the American newspapers. The Venezuelan reports, on the other hand, had a more positive approach and attribute less responsibility to Maduro.