Public Information Messages

A contrastive genre analysis of state-citizen communication

ORCID logoAnne Barron | Leuphana University of Lüneburg
ISBN 9789027256270 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027273406 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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Public information messages are an important means of state-citizen communication in today’s societies. Using this genre, citizens are directed to “never ever drink and drive”, to “slow down” and to “learn to say no”. Yet, this book presents the first in-depth analysis of public information messages from a linguistic perspective, and indeed also from a cross-cultural perspective. Specifically, the study, adopting genre analysis, contrasts a corpus of state-run national public information campaigns in Germany and Ireland. A taxonomy of moves is developed inductively and the interactional features of the genre are analysed and related to the context of use. The comprehensive discussion of theoretical and methodological issues, the in-depth analysis and the extensive bibliography make this book of interest to researchers and students in (contrastive) discourse analysis, (cross-cultural) pragmatics, contrastive rhetoric, advertising, social psychology, mass communication and media studies. Copy-writers will also profit from the insights gained, particularly within the context of an increase in Europe-wide public information campaigns.
[Pragmatics & Beyond New Series, 222] 2012.  xix, 340 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“This is an exemplary cross-cultural genre study. It is thorough, both theoretically and methodologically, and the analysis of the data is both finely-grained and extensive. Anne Barron’s book is essential reading for anyone with an interest in this kind of study.”
“This study represents a very innovative discourse/genre analytic approach to the study of public information messages from a cross-cultural perspective. The study is likely to be of value to researchers, students and professionals in a range of fields concerned with communication, broadly defined. It is to be highly recommended.”
“From a linguistic point of view little is known about the conventions of public information messages. Adopting applied genre analysis as the theoretical framework, the present study takes the lead in the investigation of this research area. The volume clearly analyses public information messages developed by or supported by government ministries or agencies in Germany and Ireland with the purpose of establishing the norms of language use employed. Moreover, by exploring cross-cultural differences, this well-composed study offers new perspectives on contrastive genre analysis.”
“This monograph is a valuable resource for students, researchers, and professionals in fields concerned with discourse analysis, pragmatics, contrastive rhetoric, mass communication, and media studies. A total of 86 well-designed tables provide readers wth excellent clarification of the textual content.”
“This is thoughtful and exemplary post-doctoral work on cross-cultural genre study and a timely contribution to the growing literature on genre and discourse studies. With its comprehensive discussion of issues in applied genre analysis, this book should be of interest to postgraduate students, researchers and professionals in the fields of (contrastive) discourse analysis, (cross-cultural) pragmatics and mass media studies.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

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CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

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LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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