Language and Crime

Constructing Offenders and Victims in Newspaper Reports

  • Ulrike Tabbert

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xx
  2. Ulrike Tabbert
    Pages 1-25
  3. Ulrike Tabbert
    Pages 27-42
  4. Ulrike Tabbert
    Pages 43-80
  5. Ulrike Tabbert
    Pages 157-175
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 201-239

About this book


This book offers a systematic introduction to the linguistic analysis of newspaper reports on crime. The author demonstrates how the linguistic analysis of newspaper texts helps to gain insight into the construction of offenders and victims in those texts and links the findings to criminological frameworks. Tabbert employs Critical Stylistics to explore the description of participants, the presentation of speech as well as actions, states or events, and other linguistic devices employed by journalists to present a particular image of an offender or a victim in the press. This book shows the fruitfulness of an interdisciplinary approach to reveal predominant discourse on crime in society and will be of great interest to researchers in linguistics, criminology and media studies.


criminology linguistics media studies social science sociolinguistics The Guardian Critical Stylistics

Authors and affiliations

  • Ulrike Tabbert
    • 1
  1. 1.Visiting Research FellowUniversity of HuddersfieldUnited Kingdom

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