Cultural Knowledge in News Comprehension

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
JournalParticipations.Journal of audience and reception studies
Volume6
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)77-117
Number of pages41
ISSN1749-8716
Publication statusPublished - May 2009

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