Chapter 12. <i>Rumour</i> in the present Romanian press: Aspects of knowledge sources and their linguistic markers

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The focus of this chapter is public rumour as echoed in current Romanian press. We will mainly refer to journalistic discourse, in a monologic form. The illustrative texts are drawn from Internet sources. The theoretical framework of the discussion is represented by the discourse polyphony approaches of the Bakhtin &#8211; Ducrot &#8211; N&#248;lke type. In the linguistic analysis I intend to highlight several aspects of the semantic field of rumour (well-represented in current Romanian language), the variety of introductive <i>formulae</i> for rumour in current journalistic language, the linguistic markers (<i>evidentials</i>) that journalists use in order to indicate their reserve or distance from a message or from a piece of information received from somebody else. <i>If Romania could export its rumours, it would be wealthier than Germany.</i> (Ken Jowitt, Dilema, 1995, 116: 9)


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