The South African news media and representations of sexuality

Hunt, Sally (2021). The South African news media and representations of sexuality. In: Angouri, Jo and Baxter, Judith eds. The Routledge Handbook of Language, Gender, and Sexuality. Routledge Handbooks in Applied Linguistics. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 587–601.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781315514857

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Abstract

In this chapter I demonstrate the application of a combination of corpus linguistics and critical discourse analysis to a corpus of the most widely read newspaper in South Africa: the Daily Sun. I analyse the data in terms of the representation of sexuality, in the context of the newspaper’s inclusion of words from languages other than English. I discuss some of the challenges of working with this multilingual data set, and make some comments on the benefits of using corpus methods in critical discourse analysis (CDA) to analyse the representation of sexuality in media texts.

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