A critical discourse analysis on newspapers: The case study of nuclear program of Iran

2016 IJRSE – Volume 5 Issue 2


Sivandi Nasab, Zohre*
Department of English Language and Literature, Qeshm International Branch, Islamic Azad University, Qeshm, Iran (zohresivandi@yahoo.com)

Dowlatabadi, Hamid Reza
Department of English Language and Literature, Arak University, Arak, Iran (h_dowlatabadi@yahoo.com)


This study tried to make a comparative study between two daily English newspapers of Los Angeles Times and Tehran Times in terms of representing negotiations of nuclear program of Iran. To this end, 8 reports in relation to the negotiations of nuclear program of Iran were gathered from the websites of two newspapers which were grouped and analyzed in terms of the utilized discursive strategies resorting to the discursive micro and macro-strategies suggested by Van Dijk (2000). In order to have more dependable results, the gathered data was numerated and tabulated. The results of the study showed that the Los Angeles Times tended to utilize the Authoritative, Explanation, Evidentiality and Counterfactual discursive strategies; whereas, the Tehran Times utilized the Actor Description, Hyperbole, Lexicalization, Repetition and Situation Description discursive strategies.

Keywords: critical discourse analysis; discursive strategies; ideology; micro-strategies; macro-strategies


DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrse.2015.1141

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