‘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
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?
In The Times, 8 March 2017 ” Our profound love of animals has been twisted into pets, zoos, decorations, and entertainment” – (Shepard, 1995, p. 40 in Stibbe 2005) Join me for a 2 minute silence in memory of Vince, a white rhino who was shot dead for his horn. This morning The Times reported… Continue reading I spy…Debunking the zoo myth
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
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
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?
In New Scientist, 21 January 2017 The article reports the consequences that led a shark, who was denied company of her male friend, to become pregnant without having a male involved. The state-of affairs represented in various linguistic features from lexicogrammatical and semantic choices to cohesive chains, is that which holds a human-supremacist view. The titles: Online… Continue reading I spy… Shark deprived of her mate