Cultural Knowledge in News Comprehension

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This paper presents the main lines of the design and the findings of a reception study on news comprehension. This empirical study is a comparison of the comprehension processes of Danes and French Canadians over a set of news texts from both countries. Comprehension is explored from a cultural perspective, through the lens of cognition and pragmatics, revealing the role played by cultural knowledge in comprehension and the underlying relationship between a text and its intended audience. It is argued that recipients ‘problematise’ the news texts, a process by which the texts answer questions that take their roots in the cultural knowledge of the recipients.
TidsskriftParticipations.Journal of audience and reception studies
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)77-117
Antal sider41
StatusUdgivet - maj 2009

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