The Discursive Representation of Chinese Dream: A Corpus-Based Discourse Analysis
Hang Su, Yi Xiao

Drawing on insights from both corpus linguistics and (critical) discourse analysis, this study aims to explore the discursive representation of Chinese Dream in a Chinese English-language press. Using Sketch Engine, the corpus analyses show that both officials and citizens talk about Chinese Dream, and that the Chinese Dream can be generally categorised as the national Chinese Dream which is concerned with the national rejuvenation and the individual Chinese Dream which is to achieve both material and mental well-being. In addition, the analyses show that though it is the officials who frequently talk about the (national) Chinese Dream, it does not mean that the Chinese Dream equals the officials’ dream or the national Chinese Dream. This study concludes with a discussion of the relationship between discourse and society, paying particular attention to discourse and power exercise and to discourse and manipulation.

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