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The Transformation of Subjective and Objective Modality in English News Discourse from the Global Perspective——taking the US Media Reports on Japan’s Discharge of Nuclear Waste Water into the Sea as the Example

Xinxi Xu


Modality system, an important part of the interpersonal function of discourse, is generally used to indicate the
author’s cognition and attitude, which contributes the basic representation of subjectivization. Meanwhile, news discourse
generally emphasizes the objectivity principle and the author’s subjective standpoint and opinion should be avoided. As the
modality system may involve the modal meaning of objectivity in different contexts, it has the characteristic of
subjective-objective transformation in discourse. Therefore, the modality system in the news text can be used to hide the
author’s subjective ideology, but also can express its objectivity. Taking American media related reports on Japan’s nuclear
waste water discharge into the sea as examples, this thesis explores the subjective-objective transformation of modality
system in news reports.


Modality System; News Discourse; Systemic Functional Linguistics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.18686/ahe.v5i6.3752