Mr Hideo Watanabe

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Thesis work

Thesis title: A critical discourse analysis of English-medium newspaper editorials on disputed islands in the East China Sea in the Chinese and Japanese press

Supervisors: David HIRSH , Brian PALTRIDGE

Thesis abstract:

The Chinese and Japanese governments both claim sovereignty over islands in the East China Sea, called Diaoyu in Chinese and Senkaku in Japanese. The dispute over the islands has become intense since the Japanese government declared the purchase of the islands from a private owner in 2012. Newspapers in the two countries have played an important role in appealing not just to domestic readers, but also to international readers on this issue. This project aims to identify how Chinese and Japanese online newspaper editorials construct their arguments on the disputes islands in English from a linguistic perspective. To do this, the project explores text structure, evaluative language, and visual images in the editorials of the Chinese and Japanese newspapers, using genre, appraisal and multimodality frameworks developed within systemic functional linguistics. This project also adopts corpus techniques for selecting and analysing the samples.

Awards and honours

Australian Postgraduate Award (2015-2018)

International Postgraduate Research Scholarship (2015-2018)

Trevor Miller Memorial Scholarship (2016)

Dean's award for the most outstanding dissertation (2014)

Selected publications

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Journals

  • Watanabe, H. (2017). An Examination of Written Genres in English Language Textbooks in Japan. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 14(1), 64-80. [More Information]
  • Watanabe, H. (2016). Genre analysis of writing tasks in Japanese university entrance examinations. Language Testing in Asia, 6, 1-14. [More Information]

2017

  • Watanabe, H. (2017). An Examination of Written Genres in English Language Textbooks in Japan. The Journal of Asia TEFL, 14(1), 64-80. [More Information]

2016

  • Watanabe, H. (2016). Genre analysis of writing tasks in Japanese university entrance examinations. Language Testing in Asia, 6, 1-14. [More Information]

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