Cognitive “warning signs”in human trafficking media texts

Палійчук, Еліна Олександрівна (2022) Cognitive “warning signs”in human trafficking media texts Crossroads. (38). pp. 41-65. ISSN 2300-6250

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This paper focuses on image schema manifestations in media texts on human trafficking, which may perform the role of “warning” signals in anti-trafficking media campaigns. For this, a conceptual analysis was done to establish profiled image schemas, and a survey was conducted to measure the readerʼs response to two types of texts on human trafficking (HT), different in genre and schemata organisation. The texts were selected as experimental material representing typical human trafficking media discourse. The participants were divided into control (G1) and experimental (G2) groups according to the type of text they were exposed to. G1 read an expository text (T1) and G2 read a media narrative (T2). The respondents of G2 showed a significant tendency for a higher degree of involvement in the problem of human trafficking when reading T2 as contrasted to the responses of G1 to T1. G2 identified their reaction as a feeling being in danger. Looking back to T2, it was clear that respondents reacted to verbal manifestations of prevailing CONTAINMENT and SCALE/ PROCESS/UP schemata clusters. G1 gave the weaker emotional response to T1 with verbal manifestations of UP, BLOCKAGE, and COUNTERFORCE schemata. It can be assumed that CONTAINMENT is the image schema organising spatial representation of human trafficking fromthe victimʼs perspective, conveying the feeling of being contained, being in a difficult situation, being in an enclosed space, supported with other schemata manifestations through the lens of the concept of bigness, large scale, growing process, etc. The results may be used in anti-trafficking content as a new methodology for raising awareness in a target audience vulnerable to HT. © 2022, Faculty of Philology, University of Bialystok. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: conceptual analysis; empirical study; human trafficking; image-schemas; media texts; warning signs
Subjects: Статті у наукометричних базах > Erih Plus
Статті у наукометричних базах > Scopus
Divisions: Факультет романо-германської філології > Кафедра лінгвістики та перекладу
Depositing User: ст. викл. Еліна Олександрівна Палійчук
Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2023 07:38
Last Modified: 17 Aug 2023 07:38

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