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Owens, Jesse Sinclair - Capítulo 4. Results - Discourse Across Borders: A Quantitative Analysis of Mexican and American Media Discourses -- Maestría en Applied Linguistics. - Departamento de Lenguas. - Escuela de Artes y Humanidades, - Universidad de las Américas Puebla.


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Discourse Across Borders 87 4.
Results In the following section, the results of the present study are presented and discussed. The data analyzed came from two corpora constructed from the newspaper discourse present in two countries regarding the same topic (‘drug-related violence’) during October of 2011.
Because the main ambition of the current study was to explore the feasibility of such research, the results presented here are only a selection of pertinent findings pulled from all of the data gathered. The results are divided into two sections.
These sections approach the corpus data on two levels.
The first level of analysis focused on investigating the predominate discourse in both corpora, while the second concentrated on the linguistic similarities and differences encountered in examining the shared concepts found in both corpora.
The corpus data were examined and presented in this way in hopes of effectively addressing certain weaknesses within CDA-based research.
This direction was taken because it was these very methodological weaknesses which served as the basis for designing and conducting the present study. The first section of the results discusses findings related to the Semantic Prosody analysis of the most frequently occurring node words in each corpus.
This was done in order to respond to the accusations which are quite commonly leveled against CDA (see Poole, 2010; Mautner, 2009) that researchers are often liberal in selecting the data to be analyzed in CDA investigations.
Through a focus on the most commonly used linguistic types in the corpora, the predominant discourses in each corpus could be analyzed based Discourse Across Borders 88 only on salient lexical features and not on preselected search terms (Salama, 2011; Baker et al., 2008). The second section discusses the prosodic characteristics found while examining node words which were present in both corpora (these were called, for the purpose of this study, ‘shared concepts’).
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