Article published in:Intersubjectivity and Intersubjectification in Grammar and Discourse: Theoretical and descriptive advances
Edited by Lieselotte Brems, Lobke Ghesquière and Freek Van de Velde
[Benjamins Current Topics 65] 2014
► pp. 77–100
Intersubjectivity in newspaper editorials
Construing the reader-in-the-text
In this article, I take a discoursal perspective on intersubjectivity, exploring ways in which intersubjective meanings may be realized across texts, and the kinds of effects that arise from the combination of different forms. In particular, I focus on how writers may exploit intersubjective choices to enact interaction with their intended audience. I carry out an illustrative analysis on a small corpus of editorials from two British newspapers, one quality and one popular; and I demonstrate that there are clear connections between the readership of the two newspapers as described on their audience demographic webpages and the ways in which the editorial writers deploy the resources of interactant reference, mood and modality to construe different kinds of audience.
Published online: 29 August 2014