Global and local representations of Cambodia

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This chapter is concerned with an intercultural perspective on the reporting of a single entity (i.e. Cambodia) by two publications having different cultural imprints. <i>The Economist</i> magazine, based in London, is a global publication with a mission to spread its ideology of democracy, rule of law and free markets (Moore 2005a). <i>Phnom Penh Post</i>, based in the Cambodian capital, is a local English-language publication that claims to be &#8220;Cambodia&#8217;s newspaper of record&#8221;. How Cambodia is represented in these two publications is described and contrasted using a systemic functional linguistic approach which theorises the relationships between culture, text and lexicogrammar. The two publications&#8217; different cultural contexts of creation and reception are shown to directly influence the text types and wordings of their articles.


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