Personage description in Hong Kong versus mainland Chinese entertainment news discourse

Dongying Wu, Him Man Hui

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Using the approach of critical linguistics, this article compares and contrasts personage description in Hong Kong and mainland Chinese entertainment news discourse. Setting the texts of the news reports against the different social contexts in which they were produced, the article establishes three contrastive parameters that characterize personage reporting across the two regions: contrast in narrative values and themes-realism versus idealism; contrast in the representation of speech by the personage-individualization versus assimilation; and contrast in the rhetoric of the text-on-line interaction versus planned exposition (fragmented versus elaborated structure). Finally, implications for further development as well as the application of critical linguistics or critical discourse analysis are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)517-542
Number of pages26
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1997


  • China
  • Critical discourse analysis&Register and stylistic analysis&Comparative study
  • Hong Kong
  • Mass communication

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Literature and Literary Theory


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