A Comparative Media Discourse Investigation of Hard News Texts in English and Malay Language Newspapers in Brunei: The Role of Culture and Language



In this chapter we compare ‘hard news’ reports of crimes and accidents occurring in Brunei Darussalam as reported in two local newspapers, the English language Borneo Bulletin and the Malay language Media Permata. This study is motivated by a desire to investigate the extent to which Sapir and Whorf’s theories of cultural and linguistic relativism, which state that one’s worldview might depend on features of one’s language, are applicable to an analysis of newspaper texts reporting crimes and accidents by two newspapers using different languages.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculty of Arts and Social SciencesUniversiti Brunei DarussalamGadongBrunei Darussalam
  2. 2.Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Institute of EducationUniversiti Brunei DarussalamGadongBrunei Darussalam

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