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Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences, 2024, 7(6); doi: 10.25236/AJHSS.2024.070602.

Harmonious Discourse Analysis of Featured Episodes of Panda from Documentary Amazing China


Yuliu Chen1, Xingbin Tian2

Corresponding Author:
Yuliu Chen

1College of Foreign Languages, Guizhou University, Guiyang, China

2College of International Studies and Education, Tongren University, Tongren, China


Ecological discourse analysis focuses on the interaction between language and ecology. Recently, there has been increasing attention towards the protection of pandas, and this research aims to present Harmonious Discourse Analysis (HDA) in 16 featured episodes of panda from CCTV documentary Amazing China, with the framework of transitivity of Systemic Functional Linguistics (SFL). The application of UAM CorpusTool 6 is used to explore the distribution of process types, participants and circumstances and finally find out the harmonious relationship between humans and pandas under the guidance of HDA and its three principles (conscience, proximity and regulation). The research finds that this documentary construes a harmonious relationship between humans and pandas. It is expected that this study can provide some necessary references for discourse analysis of documentaries in the future, and with wider application of Harmonious Discourse Analysis, hence calls for protection for pandas.


Ecological Discourse Analysis, Amazing China, Documentary, Transitivity System, Harmonious Discourse Analysis

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Yuliu Chen, Xingbin Tian. Harmonious Discourse Analysis of Featured Episodes of Panda from Documentary Amazing China. Academic Journal of Humanities & Social Sciences (2024) Vol. 7, Issue 6: 6-15. https://doi.org/10.25236/AJHSS.2024.070602.


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