Evidence of Linguistic Intergroup Bias in U.S. Print News Coverage of Immigration

Marko Dragojevic, Alexander Sink, Dana Mastro

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This study content analyzed all print newspaper articles addressing U.S. immigration from Mexico appearing in Arizona, California, New Mexico, and Texas during a 1-year period for presence of linguistic intergroup bias. Across all four states, negative statements outnumbered positive statements; this negativity bias was more pronounced for out-group than in-group statements in all states except California. Consistent with the linguistic intergroup bias, positive in-group and negative out-group statements were encoded using more abstract language than negative in-group and positive out-group statements.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)462-472
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Language and Social Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2017

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  • content analysis
  • immigration
  • linguistic intergroup bias
  • media
  • newspaper
  • stereotyping

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Education
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Anthropology
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Linguistics and Language


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