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Open Access 8 Quoted Discourse in Dutch News Narratives

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8 Quoted Discourse in Dutch News Narratives

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This chapter adapts an existing model of discourse presentation to examine what journalistic narrators actually do when they represent words uttered previously by news sources, and how linguistic choices express the function such presentations may fulfil. It briefly addresses how quoted discourse is discussed and categorized in literature and systematically investigates what types of quotation occur in a corpus of older and recent Dutch news texts. As material, a corpus of Dutch newspaper texts was assembled in two sub-corpora. The first sub-corpus consists of old newspaper texts from 1950, and the second of recent newspaper texts from 2002. Both sub-corpora were taken from five national Dutch newspapers and eight sections. The texts from 1950 were copied from microfilm, the 2002 texts were extracted from the international newspaper database Lexis Nexis. All news texts in the corpus were closely read, marking out each instance of discourse presentation.

Keywords: Dutch News Text; journalistic narrators; Lexis Nexis; linguistic choices



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