A Corpus-informed Study of Move Structures and Linguistic Features of Press Release and Corresponding News Reports of Products and Services in the Thai Business Context

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Pititul Chavanachid Passapong Sripicharn


This study adopted the corpus-based, move analysis approach to explore differences in move structure and linguistic feature between press release and corresponding news reports. The corpus comprised of 60 press releases (approximately 50,000 words) of products and services written by Thailand-based companies and 60 corresponding news articles (approximately 40,000 words) collected from local English-language newspapers-namely, The Nation and Bangkok Post. A framework adopted from Catenaccio’s (2008) move analysis of business press release was used to identify and compare move structures between the two sets of data. The findings suggested that, although the news reports follow almost all the same rhetorical structures as those found in the releases, the corpus analysis of linguistic features revealed some significant differences between lexical choices and grammatical patterns that showed some subtly manipulation on the part of the news writers. Research and pedagogical implications of the study were also discussed.


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Chavanachid, P., & Sripicharn, P. (2019). A Corpus-informed Study of Move Structures and Linguistic Features of Press Release and Corresponding News Reports of Products and Services in the Thai Business Context. Journal of Studies in the English Language, 14(1), 25-92. Retrieved from https://www.tci-thaijo.org/index.php/jsel/article/view/145699


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