Hybridity in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Grammar, Text and Discursive Context - Donna R. Miller

Hybridity in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Grammar, Text and Discursive Context - Donna R. Miller

14. The permeable context of institutional and newspaper discourse: A corpus-based functional case study of the European sovereign debt crisis

Hybridity in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Grammar, Text and Discursive Context - Donna R. Miller

Sabrina Fusari [+-]
University of Bologna
Sabrina Fusari is Researcher of English Linguistics at the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures of the University of Bologna, Italy. Her research in Systemic Functional Linguistics focuses on the use of electronic language corpora for the analysis of institutional and news registers, with particular focus on patterns of Transitivity.

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Like Thompson, Sabrina Fusari investigates register hybridity by combining SFL with Corpus Linguistics. After a brief theoretical overview, her case study of the European sovereign debt crisis as represented in newspaper and institutional discourse is presented. Analysis revolves around two specially prepared corpora comprising: 1) articles from The Financial Times, and 2) official documents released by the Council of Europe, all on the debt crisis, published between 9 and 15 December 2011. The keywords investigated (‘eurozone’, ‘debt’, ‘banks’, ‘growth’) prove to be used differently in the two corpora, both in phraseological and in grammatical terms, and this impacts on how the same crisis and, by extension, the role of European institutions, are represented in the two registers. Findings show that, despite the mutual influence between institutional and newspaper discourse, different views on the debt crisis, and potential ways out of it, are upheld by the City of London (which The Financial Times may be considered to represent) and by EU institutions. Finally, the synergy between SFL and Corpus Linguistics proves a valuable instrument for analysing register hybridity (and ‘idiosyncrasy’, Miller and Johnson 2009), potentially increasing its effectiveness as more sophisticated SFL-aware corpus annotation tools become available.

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Fusari, Sabrina . 14. The permeable context of institutional and newspaper discourse: A corpus-based functional case study of the European sovereign debt crisis. Hybridity in Systemic Functional Linguistics - Grammar, Text and Discursive Context. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 306-333 Mar 2016. ISBN 9781781790649. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=24302. Date accessed: 19 Sep 2020 doi: 10.1558/equinox.24302. Mar 2016

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