A Contrastive Study of Hedges in COVID-19 Reports Selected from China Daily and The New York Times

  •  Wang Ya’nan    
  •  Tian Zhiling    
  •  Wang Jinghua    


Based on Jef Verschueren’s Adaptation Theory, Lakoff’s definition and Prince et al.’s classification of hedges, this paper takes New York Times and China Daily from January 23rd to April 8th, 2020 as corpus sources, randomly selects 39 COVID-19 reports, and makes a contrastive study of hedges among them, aiming at exploring the similarities and differences in the use of hedges in COVID-19 reports selected from Chinese and American mainstream newspapers and further revealing their influencing factors.

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