Title

Naturalizing the Future in Factual Discourse

Publication Title

Written Communication

Publication Date

4-1997

Document Type

Article

DOI

10.1177/0741088397014002003

Keywords

linguistic analysis, critical linguistics

Disciplines

Discourse and Text Linguistics | Political Science | Rhetoric and Composition

Abstract

This article examines the linguistic processes through which a projected event (that is, an event that a group of spokespersons alleges will occur in the future) is constructed within factual discourse. Critical linguistic analysis is used to examine the New York Times and Washington Post coverage of the 1990 Persian Gulf conflict. This study makes two contributions. First, it expands on work in critical linguistics by explicating how a projected event is constructed as a discrete and autonomous event unfolding in the social world. Second, this study demonstrates how the political interests underlying the newspaper accounts were “naturalized” through linguistic transformations that constructed politically situated assertions as unmediated and presupposed information. This study is important for understanding the constructive nature of language practices because it demonstrates how seemingly arhetorical linguistic constructions can be examined for their rhetorical features, features that play an important role in actively constructing representations of the social world.

Publisher

Sage

Publisher Location

Thousand Oaks, CA


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