From observations of language as a means of communication and interaction, one can conclude that everything people say or write seems subjective and personal. It is difficult, if not impossible, to find a piece of spoken or written text that is totally
objective and bears no–one’s opinion or idea. Therefore, it can be assumed that any text is somebody's creation and expresses the personal perspective on a particular issue. The presence of viewpoint as a linguistic marker in written discourse has interested many researches in recent years. Several studies have been carried out in order to demonstrate that point of view present in written texts. Therefore, language is a means for self-expression. For that reason, this course will focus on the problem of expressing personal viewpoint in the discourse of the press. It is widely believed that newspapers are supposed to carry factual information and to lay out information without any personal preferences. The thesis, however, discusses the cases of viewpoint expressed in selected news articles. The aim of this course is thus to try to indentify the linguistic and discourse means of expressing personal viewpoint in online press discourse. This goal is realized through the following agenda:

 To survey definitions, interpretations and approaches to viewpoint;
 To introduce key characteristics of viewpoint in language;
 To define a newspaper, news, and a news story;
 To determine the structure of a news story and linguistic structures implemented in it;
 To detect the linguistic markers of viewpoint in the press discourse.