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The discourse system of financial communication (Analyse des discours et de la communication publics) - USI Lugano

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Marcel Burger
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2011 -> 2011

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Langue(s) d'enseignement: français
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The course presents a systematic approach to communication contexts and discourse genres and applies this approach to the analysis of discourse in the sphere of finance. Financial communication is driven by the demand of information from investors who need to reduce the uncertainty surrounding investment opportunities - the uncertainty being due both to the intrinsic incompleteness of information concerning the occurrence of future events, and to private, undisclosed, information available only to "insiders". Thus, financial discourse, being oriented towards the decision making of investors, is, for the most part, overtly or covertly argumentative. The course will examine these argumentative processes and their contextual constraints (time limitations, knowledge asymmetries, conflicts of interest). The tightly knit genre system of financial discourse will be explored, covering genres such as corporate annual reports, analysts' recommendations and notes, quarterly earnings announcements and other press releases, financial news articles, analysts' and investors' conference calls, Internet shareholder forums, open letters of activist shareholders, prospectuses produced by bidders in takeover attempts. Within this genre system, the course will pay particular attention to financial newspaper articles, examining examples in Italian, French and English, presenting an analysis of the polyphonic organisation of these texts and relating their multiple voices to the relationship with the sources of the article and to the ways in which financial journalists manage them under conditions of urgency and limited access to information. In this respect, intertextual relations will be also explored, presenting recent research on the relationship between corporate press releases and financial news articles.

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