Summary and Conclusions

  • Jens O. Zinn
  • Daniel McDonald
Part of the Critical Studies in Risk and Uncertainty book series (CRSTRU)


The book generates new insights into the link between language and social change, and provides a new strategy to examine claims of sociological theorising utilising a systemic functional theory of language. While we have developed an in-depth account of how risk language is deployed in print news, and how it has changed, it is not yet known how risk words travel from one to another domain; when risk words are instantiated and when not reporting on similar issues; to what extent media cultures and their institutionalisation influences discourse semantic changes. The connection between risk words and other related phrases in a broader analysis of the semantic space could improve the understanding of linguistic dynamics. We currently extend the study to control for the influence of particular newspapers.


Sociology of risk and uncertainty The media Discourse semantics Social change Systemic functional linguistics 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jens O. Zinn
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Daniel McDonald
    • 4
  1. 1.Lancaster UniversityLancasterUK
  2. 2.University of MelbourneMelbourneAustralia
  3. 3.Mid Sweden UniversityÖstersundSweden
  4. 4.Eberhard Karls UniversityTübingenGermany

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