The Linguistic Representation of financial crisis. ‘The New York Times Online,’ 2008-2009

Autor/es: Haase, Fee-Alexandra
Título: «The Linguistic Representation of financial crisis. ‘The New York Times Online,’ 2008-2009»
(Representación lingüística de la crisis económica. ‘The New York Times Online’, 2008-2009)
Sección: Epistemología. Primavera 2010
Resumen: This article examines the description of economic crisis in “The New York Times” (NYT) with examples of articles that appeared in the years 2008 and 2009. There are three dimensions the crisis as an event is described; one of them is the description of crisis as a movement or a development of international and global extension (spacial dimension). The second is the metaphorical one actually describing the crisis as a natural force. The third one is the description of the crisis as a more or less “global crisis”. Our question is “How is the crisis as medial event described, if there is no concrete reference object to refer to, but just a, sematically expressed, concept denoting a non-material and non-perceptible entity referred to as crises?” Taking the examples from NYT we will demonstrate that such a lack of a concrete object does not alter the language of journalism, except that a (for the news language uncommon) metaphoric production takes part. The activity of the object represented by the noun is the agent of activities, even though the processes are highly abstract. On a meta-level, the language in the news becomes an allegorical network with the metaphorisized object crisis as the agent of movement in an intertextual setting of texts using the expression.
Palabras clave: Representación lingüística, crisis económica, medios de noticias, periodismo
Clasificación JEL: A19, G01, E39, L82