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The role of orality in radio news frame-building processes: Testing a model of analysis applied to Spanish news radio

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Frame analysis of radio news requires a specific methodology that goes beyond mere textual analysis. The formal features of the medium – especially its orality – substantially modify the construction of frames on air. We propose a methodological model for frame analysis for radio that analyses oral discourse and text. Emphatic resources used in intonation building in a text – such as stress or pauses – make the communicative act more effective by acting as a framing device, by reinforcing an existing frame through attitude, emotion and paralinguistic information or by contradicting textual content and suggesting a subtext, resulting in a dual frame. These functions in framing correlate, generally, with the pragmatic functions of intonation. The proposed analytical model endeavours to locate stress and strategic pauses as two key elements in the construction of media frames through oral discourse. These elements add nuances to the text, provide strategic information on the frame (or communicative context) and provide key information on the role of radio journalists in building frames.

Keywords: frame analysis; intonation; orality; pauses; pragmatics; radio; stress

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Rovira and Virgili University

Publication date: April 1, 2018

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