Information Construction of News Discourse Under the Perspective of Intertextuality

Jiansheng YAN


Intertextuality refers to the relationship of mutual penetration among texts, no text stands alone but is interlinked with the tradition that came before it and the context in which it is produced. As a genre of media report that conveys information, news discourse is characterized by its documentary, novelty, timeliness, and universality. Some news discourses reveal penetrability with others, causing intertextuality and providing a wider space to interpret them. Meanwhile, intertextuality also makes the narrative space optimization and discourse information complex or polysemy. Therefore, an accurate understanding of a piece of news depends on not only the coherence within a single text, but mutual interpretation among similar discourses. The distribution of news discourse information abides by tree structure, sometimes news understanding is related to human’s cognitive activities.


News; Intertextuality; Discourse information; Tree structure

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