Chapter 3. A decade of change in China

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The Government Work Reports (GWRs) of China are important documents conveying the government’s voice and publicising the tasks they set for the country, and they attract much attention from diverse sectors of the community. Merging corpus methodology and critical discourse analysis, this study* focuses on 10 years of GWRs to observe the dialectical relationship between discourse and social change. It shows that the discourses represented in the GWRs result in new concerns, which in turn affect the recipients of the discourse and their actions and create new discourses. Keywords: Social change; government work report; corpus-based discourse analysis


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