Political news in Danish newspapers might have become less future-oriented over the 1997–2013 period, write Kenneth Reinecke Hansen of University of Southern Denmark. This is according to the significant decline in modal verbs in the present (future) tense. However, at the same time the articles seem to become slightly more speculative.
Methodologically the scholar applied the corpus linguistic methods of keyword analysis and concordance analysis.
Read the article here. It was published by Discourse & Communication.
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