Current Discourse Space in Sino-American Economic News on “The Belt and Road”

Wenhui YANG, Xiaofang LIU, Kaiyue ZHEN


To unveil the covert relation between cognitive perceptions and language use, and to probe into the cognitive mechanism revealed by news discourses, the authors set out to analyze the economic news semantically and textually, in an attempt to grasp a preliminary picture of different cognitive patterns of the Chinese and Americans on “The Belt and Road” (B&R), drawing insights on how people from different cultural backgrounds interpret B&R and its promotion, based on the current discourse space (CDS) analysis. The findings show that the variation of CDS frame applied in both Chinese and American news reports exists in dynamic linguistic representations, which sheds light on the substantial roles that mass media plays in affecting news readers’ perceiving manners or cognitive patterns. The authors emphatically claim that the promotion of B&R still has a long way to go until it reaches the highland of positive and objective social cognitive perceptions embedded in people from various backgrounds. This research provides evidences to identify interdependencies between particular CDS models that allow inferences about the CDS frames of a certain situation evoked by the news agencies and their discourse writers from different cultural backgrounds and from different political stances.


CDS frame; cognitive pattern; Current discourse space; Sino-American economic news reports; The Belt and Road

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