Cohesive devices used in COVID - 19 news articles: the case study of BBC and CNN Cohesive devices used in COVID - 19 news articles: the case study of BBC and CNN

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Athapinya Thipwatee
Siriporn Lerdpisalwong


Today, it is undeniable that the most prevalent reported life-threatening disease since late 2019 has been the Coronavirus Disease 2019 or COVID – 19. Previous studies examined
the media language of COVID – 19 news in terms of move analysis, morphological process, readers’ opinion, and others issues. However, the use of cohesive devices had received little attention. Linguistic devices can create better coherence which contributes to understanding of texts. This study; consequently, aims to identify the use of cohesive ties in COVID – 19 news reported in BBC and CNN. The researchers mainly used the qualitative corpus research design and framework from Halliday and Hasan (1976) and Tangpijaikul (2013).
The academics defined that discourse markers are consisted of six categories namely reference, substitution, ellipsis, conjunction, adverbial transition, as well as lexical cohesion.
To gather data, the corpus used in this study was purposively selected from forty coronavirus news articles. The results revealed that the most two frequently employed types are references and lexical items. The findings could concentrate on the necessity of grammatical and lexical cohesion in news writing. In order to find out cohesive devices in other texts,
it is recommended that further studies should examine other media texts such as television, radio, magazines, and so on.


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