Film Review as Linguistic Persuasion Research Paper by Jojoy

Film Review as Linguistic Persuasion
An analysis of the use of linguistic persuasion in the writing of film reviews, with a case study of 15 English film reviews in Philippine newspapers.
# 116145 | 2,971 words | 9 sources | APA | 2009 | PH

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This paper defines persuasion and the impact of language on persuasive discourse, focusing on film review writing. Using 15 film reviews by Filipino writers as a sample, the writer researches the type of information and the macrostructures of the texts in Philippine newspaper film reviews. The information discussed in the reviews is first tabulated and analyzed, and the macrostructures are identified and labeled. They are then analyzed, using Teun Van Dijk's thematic and schematic structure framework. This paper contains tables and a figure.

Statement of the Problem
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Limitations of the Study
Theoretical Framework
Results and Discussion

From the Paper:

"The study of the impact of language and mass media is fairly new and most researches have been centered on advertising and news. This highlights the need to study other types of persuasive discourse such as film review writing. Although film reviews focus on a lighter subject, it has similarities with its more formal, more serious counterpart, newspaper editorials. One thing they have in common is that these two types of written texts use persuasive language to have an effect on people's behavior - be it changing a government policy or not to see a movie. With this, it can be theorized that language and the way it is structured plays an integral part in the process of persuasion in this written discourse."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bautista, Mario E. (2005, August 24). Better than average story of heroism. The Manila Bulletin, p. C7.
  • De Vera, Ruel S. (2005, August 3). Charlie is a Sugar-high. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A2-1.
  • Hatch, Gary Layne. (1999). Arguing in Communities. Mayfield Publishing Co., Great Britain, p. 28-31.
  • Palumbarit, Oliver M. (2005, July 29). No vacation paradise but still worth a visit. The Philippine Daily Inquirer, p. A2-3.
  • Prince, Stephen. (1997). Movies and Meaning: An Introduction to Film. Allyn and Brown, Needham Heights, Massachusetts, USA, p. 218-322.

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