Language and Media: a resource book for students

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Overview

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-dimensional'structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.

Language and Media:

  • is a comprehensive introduction to how language interacts with media
  • investigates the forms of language found in media discourse; how patterns in such language use contribute to recognizable media genres and styles; and broader social themes and consequences that arise from media language
  • uses a wide variety of real texts from the media that include: newspapers covering events such as the Asian tsunami, speeches, blogs, emails, advertizements and interview transcripts from television talk shows including Oprah
  • provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline including David Crystal, Norman Fairclough, David Graddol, Allan Bell and Theo van Leeuwen
  • is accompanied by a supporting website.

Written by two experienced teachers and authors, this accessible textbook is an essential resource for all students of English language and linguistics.

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“Durant and Lambrou explain established key concepts as well as discuss fresh ideas; consider an impressively wide range of analytical frameworks; provide a relevant mix of traditional and new forms of media; and offer a variety of well-designed practical learning activities. Written in an extremely accessible style, with plenty of current examples, Language and Media is an invaluable resource for students of media discourse.” Michelle M. Lazar, National University of Singapore

"This is a very useful book on the important interplay between language and media. Its integrated and methodological approach makes the subject matter interesting and accessible to a range of students at different levels". Gerry Loftus, University of Buckingham, UK

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Product Details

Meet the Author

Alan Durant is Professor of Communication at Middlesex University Business School, London, UK.

Marina Lambrou is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Communication at Kingston University, London, UK.

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Table of Contents

Contents cross-referenced x

List of figures xiii

List of tables xiv

List of transcriptions xv

Acknowledgements xvi

A Introduction: key concepts in language and media 1

1 Media as language use 2

2 Register and style 7

3 Mediated communication 13

4 Media discourse genres 20

5 Media rhetorics 26

6 Media storytelling 34

7 Words and images 40

8 Boundaries of media discourse 43

9 The future of media language 48

B Development: studies in media language 55

1 Speech, writing and media 56

2 Different styles of media language 60

3 Mediated participation 68

4 Schema and genre theory 77

5 Persuasion and power 84

6 Telling stories 97

7 Anchoring visual meanings 102

8 Coarseness and incivility in broadcast talk 109

9 Looking into the future 117

C Exploration: analysing media language 123

1 Messages and media 124

2 The case of the blog 130

3 Listening to pop lyrics 136

4 Comparing kinds of studio talk 143

5 Purposes of persuasion 148

6 Media fiction and fact 159

7 Soundtrack and multimodal discourse 163

8 Media language and acceptability 170

9 Media change in the future 180

D Extension: language and media readings 187

1 The meanings of 'media1' 189

2 Varieties of media language 194

3 Media and modernity 197

4 Broadcast talk 200

5 News and advertising angles 206

6 Narrative strategies 217

7 Windows on the world 222

8 Media trouble 230

9 Media language and social change 233

Key dates in the history of media 238

Further reading 249

References 252

Index 261

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