Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/80419
Title: Situated identities in the discourse of insurance : a comparative critical discourse analysis of Chinese and British insurance contracts
Authors: Nartey, M 
Huang, H
Keywords: Critical discourse analysis
Institutional discourse
Insurance contract
Positioning
Situated identity
Issue Date: Dec-2018
Publisher: Language & Society, Research Committee 25 of the International Sociological Association
Source: Language, discourse & society, Dec. 2018, v. 6, no. 2, p. 119-132 How to cite?
Journal: Language, discourse & society 
Abstract: This paper is a comparative critical discourse analysis of Chinese and British insurance contracts. It analyses the similarities and differences in the identities that emerge from the situatedness of the insured and the insurer in the contracts in order to determine the extent to which the sociocultural context within which the texts were conceived shape the texts. The study draws on the positioning theory and the notions of situated identity/situated meaning and is informed by analytic tools within critical discourse analysis. It found that in both the Chinese and British contracts, the insurer is linguistically and discursively situated as a powerful and resourceful ‘regulator’ (i.e. an active force) whereas the insured is mostly constructed in subjective and somewhat ‘weak/vulnerable’ terms. This similarity notwithstanding, the study found differences in terms of the kind of power relation, the level of formality or social distance and the dominant type of language evident in the two contracts.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/80419
EISSN: 2239-4192
Rights: Copyright © 2018 RC25 of the International Sociological Association, Language and Society
Posted with permission of the publisher.
The following publication Nartey, M., & Huang, H. (2018). Situated identities in the discourse of insurance : a comparative critical discourse analysis of Chinese and British insurance contracts. Language, discourse & society, 6 (2), 119-132 is available at https://www.language-and-society.org/volume-6-number-2-december-2018/
Appears in Collections:Journal/Magazine Article

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
A_CDA_of_Insurance_Contracts.pdf549.42 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Access
View full-text via PolyU eLinks SFX Query
Show full item record
PIRA download icon_1.1View/Download Contents

Page view(s)

104
Citations as of Oct 22, 2019

Download(s)

15
Citations as of Oct 22, 2019

Google ScholarTM

Check


Items in DSpace are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.