Hero or Enemy of the State? (language analysis of Occupy Central reports)

Critical Thinking #2: Language analysis of Occupy Central reports

Article One: Violent democracy threatens HK prospects
(Global Times. http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/822450.shtml)

→ ‘violent

Literal meaning: using physical force to hurt/damage/kill something/someone

Emotional meaning: aggressiveness, threatening

Evaluation: negative (-9)

Potency: +9

Activity: active (+9)

→ ‘threatens

Literal meaning: an intention to take hostile action against an action or inaction

Emotional meaning: intimidate, pressurize

Evaluation: negative (-9)

Potency: +8

Activity: active (+8)

→ ‘prospects

Literal meaning: the possibility of an event happening in the future

Emotional meaning: potentials, outlook, future

Evaluation: positive (+8)

Potency: +7

Activity: active (+6)

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Article Two: Global Support Pours In for Hong Kong Democracy Protests
(TIME. http://time.com/3444225/hong-kong-democracy-protests-global-support/)

→ ‘support

Literal meaning: a thing that keeps something upright

Emotional meaning: encouragement, assistance

Evaluation: positive (+9)

Potency: +8

Activity: active (+8)

→ ‘pours

Literal meaning: flow rapidly in a steady stream

Emotional meaning: surge, flow, gush

Evaluation: positive (+7)

Potency: +6

Activity: active (+7)