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Inferences in advertising : A study of Swedish and Russian TV commercials

Melchenko, Liana (2003)
General Linguistics
Abstract
This thesis explores the role of inferences in advertising discourse. Based on the study of conversational implicatures by Grice (1975), and the distinction between ostensive and covert communication elaborated by Sperber and Wilson (1986), a typology of inferences in advertising is proposed. Furthermore, this typology was applied to a corpus of Russian and Swedish TV commercials. The main findings are a broad similarity between the commercials in Sweden and Russia with respect to the proposed inference types, showing certain general characteristics of advertising discourse. However, on closer inspection, qualitative differences between certain types of inferences were found that could be related to cultural and historical differences.
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author
Melchenko, Liana
supervisor
organization
year
type
H1 - Master's Degree (One Year)
subject
keywords
TV-reklam, Reklamspråk, Rysk TV, Svensk TV, Reklamteknik, Linguistics, Lingvistik
language
English
id
1330117
date added to LUP
2005-05-30 00:00:00
date last changed
2005-07-01 00:00:00
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  abstract     = {This thesis explores the role of inferences in advertising discourse. Based on the study of conversational implicatures by Grice (1975), and the distinction between ostensive and covert communication elaborated by Sperber and Wilson (1986), a typology of inferences in advertising is proposed. Furthermore, this typology was applied to a corpus of Russian and Swedish TV commercials. The main findings are a broad similarity between the commercials in Sweden and Russia with respect to the proposed inference types, showing certain general characteristics of advertising discourse. However, on closer inspection, qualitative differences between certain types of inferences were found that could be related to cultural and historical differences.},
  author       = {Melchenko, Liana},
  keyword      = {TV-reklam,Reklamspråk,Rysk TV,Svensk TV,Reklamteknik,Linguistics,Lingvistik},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Inferences in advertising : A study of Swedish and Russian TV commercials},
  year         = {2003},
}