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Unformatted text preview: lackmail’, kłamliwe wieści ‘mendacious news’;
irrationality: absurdalna postawa ‘absurd position’; 122 Chapter IV Among the emotion terms, those related with ‘anxiety’ dominated in the
period preceding military action, while ‘sadness’-related ones appeared in
the reports on the two sunken warships: Argentinean General Belgrano
and British HMS Sheffield. Political decisions could arouse ‘hope’ and
‘optimism’ or ‘bitterness’, ‘frustration’ and ‘pessimism’ among the public. ‘Honesty’ and ‘caution’ were attributed to politicians, which the news
makers seemed to be siding with. The Glory of War Myth was evident in
the framing of the possibility of defeat as a humiliation.
In the emotionally loaded political terms, the subgroup associated
with ‘colonialism’ and ‘imperialism’ as well as ‘progress’ remaining in
opposition to ‘anachronism’ were the catch-words of the political propaganda of the time, and I believe, aroused more agitation than the emotion
terms per se.
Negative speech acts were used to report the statements of various
authorities evaluating the actions of the politicians from the ‘expansionist’
side of the conflict.
Violence-, deceit- and irrationality-related words seem to be the
common stock in the texts aiming at arousing the reader against the participant of the conflict, of whom these terms are alleged. Sandikcioglu
(2000) discovered that similar features were ascribed to Arabs in general
and to Hussein in particular within the so-called orientalist framework. In
the Polish newspaper of 1982, similar values were employed to describe
Great Britain (esp. in terms of violence and irrationality) and the US (esp.
in terms of deceit).
2.2. The Times on the Falklands war (1982)
The corpus collected from Trybuna Ludu on the Falklands war consisted
of all the articles that appeared in the newspaper between April 3rd /April
4th 1982 – June 17th 1982. A review of the newspaper for two weeks after
April 17th 1982 did not render any more articles on the topic. The coverage of the war in The Times was naturally far more thorough. Therefore
only a part of the group of articles was used in the present study. Also, the
genre diversification of the articles varied. In Trybuna Ludu they could be
classified as hard news and commentaries, while in The Times they ranged
from parliamentary reports, hard news items, and war correspondent reports through political, military and economic commentaries on the war. A qualitative analysis of war news 123 2.2.1. Isolated metaphors
The parliamentary reports constitute the bulk of the corpus in terms of
word count. No wonder then that speech verbs are numerously represented. Similarly to Trybuna Ludu, the lines between ‘war’ as a hyponym
of ‘politics’ and ‘war’ as an antonym of ‘politics’, are difficult to draw.
One of the reasons behind this fuzzy nature of meaning of the concepts in
question, apart from perspectivizing, may be the fact that they are all
based on the concept of FORCE, as evidenced in these examples:
(30) The United States joined Britain last night in blocking a draft resolution in the Security Council for a ceasefire in the Falkland...
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