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Cinzia Bevitori

Associate Professor

Department of Interpreting and Translation

Academic discipline: L-LIN/12 Language and Translation - English

Research

Keywords: Corpus-assisted Discourse Analysis Media Discourse Critical Discourse Analysis Evaluation, Stance and Appraisal Descriptive and contrastive linguistics Corpus linguistics Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL) Political and institutional Discourse Migration Discourse Environmental Discourse

Her main research interests are in field of corpus-assisted discourse analysis (CADS) within the framework of systemic functional linguistics (SFL), focussing in particular on resources of evaluation and stance (appraisal) and critical discourse analysis (CDA), combing tools of corpus linguistics and discourse analysis, and appraisal.  She has mostly published on institutional discourse, political discourse, newspaper discourse, gender and environmental discourse, also from a diachronic perspective. She has also worked on applications of computer technology for language research (creation of specialized corpora) and self-learning as well as language testing.

The analysis of Parliamentary Discourse and The CorDis Project

Research on parliamentary language and discourse can be set in the wider framework of a national research project conducted by a group of scholars from the University of Bologna, the University of Siena and the LUISS (Rome) entitled “Corpora and Discourse: A quantitative and qualitative linguistic analysis of political and media discourse on the conflict in Iraq in 2003”. The project was built around the construction of a modular corpus composed of British and American parliamentary discourse, White House briefings, British and American newspapers and TV news broadcasts, and the Hutton inquiry in  2003 and all concerning the Iraq conflict.

 

The modular corpus was validated and standardised and marked up in XML according to TEI guidelines with the aim of creating a corpus of written and spoken English which with a single index which can be queried (either in its entirety or within its individual component parts) using the dedicated software platform Xaira. As far as the British parliamentary corpus is concerned, the mark-up procedures allowed us to make lexical queries comparing, say, the language of male members of the government and female back benchers of the Labour party (just to give one example). Various papers analysing this material and have been presented at national and international conferences and publications include P. Bayley e C. Bevitori, “‘Just War', or just ‘war': Arguments for doing the ‘right thing'”, in J. Morley e P. Bayley (eds), 2009, Wordings of War: Corpus-assisted discourse on the Iraqi conflict, London: Routledge

Project: Media Reporting on Climate Change

As a highly influential arena of debate at the crossroads between science and policy-making, media play a pivotal role in shaping public perception and opinion, particularly, on contentious issues, such as climate change. The research set out to explore how the issue of climate change, one of the most pressing, eminently political issues of our time, is represented in newspaper discourse. It provides an empirical, comparative investigation on the mainstream UK and US press coverage of climate change (and related) issues from a linguistic and discursive perspective. The methodological framework makes synergic use of the tools of corpus linguistics (CL) with a discourse analytical perspective grounded on Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). The analysis is conducted on a corpus of UK and US press articles published in 2007 - a key year in the history of climate change, coinciding with an upsurge of media attention. The study aims at highlighting some significant lexico-grammatical patterns as well as discursive and rhetorical strategies emerging from the analysis of both news and opinion discourse in the different newspapers under investigation. Results were published in the book Representations of Climate Change: News and opinion discourse in UK and US quality press. A Corpus-Assisted Disocurse Study (BUP 2010), as well as in articles and book chapters such as,  C. Bevitori, "The meanings of responsibility in the British and American Press on Climate Change: a Corpus-Assisted Discourse AnalysisPerspective" (Exploration across Languages and Corpora, Peter Lang 2011),  C. Bevitori, "Imagine, If You Will": Reader Positioning on Climate Change in US Op-Ed Articles" (Challenges for the 21st Century: Dilemmas, Ambiguities, Directions, Edizioni Q 2011)

Project: A dichronic corpus of American political discourse

Current research is based on the construction and analysis of a diachronic corpus of American political discourse, covering over 220 years of American history in order to identify language variation over time.