Positive Discourse Analysis

‘Discourse is shaped by relations of power, and invested with ideologies’.  (Fairclough 1992: 8 in Jaworski and Coupland 1999: 2). Critical Linguistics: a consciousness-raising tool According to Tom Bartlett (2010), in the 70s and 80s the study of texts took a political turn in the UK, with the rise of Critical Linguistics (CL) (Kress and… Continue reading Positive Discourse Analysis

I spy… War creates life?

In New Scientist, 11 March 2017 The New Scientist reports a finding of rare aquatic life discovered in Hungary, in a crater formed by a bomb from the second world war. In this reporting we can find discourse that reinforces human supremacy and does not contribute towards creating ecologically driven stories that promote the construction of… Continue reading I spy… War creates life?

I spy… Scrub away the Body Shop

In The Economist, February 18th-24th, 2017 Growing up, the Linguini loved going into two main shops in my town: The Body Shop, to look at and take a whiff of the beautiful soaps and bubble baths, and the furniture shop I cannot remember the name of, but I loved trying out all the different comfy… Continue reading I spy… Scrub away the Body Shop

I Spy…Conscience Planétaire

In New Scientist, 18 February 2017 Humans evading responsibility yet again in this week’s issue of the New Scientist. Climate change is framed as the cause for animal suffering and extinction, while human destructive activity and crimes against the environment and sentient beings is backgrounded: “Climate change is already harming around 700 species of mammals and birds… Continue reading I Spy…Conscience Planétaire

I spy…A dog’s life

In Metro, 14 February, 2017 Animals are the hidden victims of war and violence, a fact often conveniently overlooked. Throughout the history of human conflict, animals have been used as military tools for war. As far back as 3 B.C., Hannibal famously used elephants to help him in his campaigns. Since then there has been… Continue reading I spy…A dog’s life

I spy… What do bats and monkeys have in common?

In BBC Focus, Feb 2017, p, 14,  and 16 Language. But as I will attempt to demonstrate here, it is only considered in relation to human language and derives its meaning and worthiness through the link to humans. So how is animal communication represented in the articles? Reductive ‘Just call it bat chat’. This is… Continue reading I spy… What do bats and monkeys have in common?