Fundamentalist and tolerant islamic discourse in john updike’s terrorist and jonathan wright’s translation the televangelist: A corpus-based critical discourse analysis of semantic prosody

International Journal of Linguistics, Literature and Culture

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Title Fundamentalist and tolerant islamic discourse in john updike’s terrorist and jonathan wright’s translation the televangelist: A corpus-based critical discourse analysis of semantic prosody
 
Creator Othman, Ahlam Ahmed Mohamed
 
Subject corpus-based
critical discourse
islamic discourse
semantic prosody
terrorist
 
Description Corpus-based critical discourse analysis studies have gained momentum in the last decade. Corpus Linguistics allowed critical discourse analysts to avoid bias in data selection and enlarge their samples for more representative findings. Critical Discourse Analysis, on the other hand, gave depth to corpus linguistic analysis by contextualizing it. The present study combines the two approaches to analyze the semantic prosody of Islamic keywords common to John Updike's Terrorist published in 2006 and Jonathan Wright’s translation The Televangelist published in 2016. The results of corpus-based analysis show that while the semantic prosody of Islamic keywords is negative in Updike’s novel, it is highly positive in the translated novel. The conclusion is that Van Dijk’s proposition of the polarized representation of ‘us’ versus ‘them’ holds for Updike’s fundamentalist Islamic discourse which negatively represents Islam and Muslims. However, Van Dijk’s proposition holds only partially for Wright's tolerant Islamic discourse which positively represents Islam and Muslims without misrepresenting the other.
 
Publisher Scientific and Literature Open Access Publishing
 
Date 2019-09-18
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article
info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion
 
Format application/pdf
 
Identifier http://sloap.org/journals/index.php/ijllc/article/view/747
10.21744/ijllc.v5n6.747
 
Source International journal of linguistics, literature and culture; Vol. 5 No. 6: November 2019; 1-27
2455-8028
 
Language eng
 
Relation http://sloap.org/journals/index.php/ijllc/article/view/747/1250
 

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