A discourse analysis of Malaysian university rankings in a local newspaper / Sean Harley Lee Allen

Sean, Harley Lee Allen (2014) A discourse analysis of Malaysian university rankings in a local newspaper / Sean Harley Lee Allen. Masters thesis, University of Malaya.

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        Education is indicated as a Malaysian Government priority based on extensive development of academic infrastructure. Incorporating internationalization is a primary goal through benchmarking against leading institutions worldwide. Ranking popularity has increased, influences national policies, shapes institutional identity, and directs academic decisions (Hazelkorn, 2009; Marginson and van der Wende, 2007; Holmes, 2006). Utilizing a discourse analysis approach suggested by Brown and Yule (1983) and Yule (2006), this study examines 40 newspaper articles from the New Straits Times involving ranking over seven years from 2004 until 2010. Little past research has been conducted involving text analysis within and above the sentence structure of printed newspapers to investigate how continued emphasis of the significance of ranking appeared to be maintained throughout a corpus. In addition to identified linguistic realizations, intertextuality and communicative purposes are explored to provide some contextual analytical reference. Recognizing organizational structures of a discourse enables more effective means of understanding involved subject matter through access to greater comprehensive depths of the relevant issue.

        Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
        Additional Information: Dissertation (M.A.) - Faculty of Languages and Linguistics, University of Malaya, 2014.
        Uncontrolled Keywords: Malaysian university rankings
        Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
        P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
        Divisions: Faculty of Languages and Linguistics
        Depositing User: Mrs Nur Aqilah Paing
        Date Deposited: 01 Jul 2015 12:36
        Last Modified: 01 Jul 2015 12:36
        URI: http://studentsrepo.um.edu.my/id/eprint/5461

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