The Language of Newspapers / Edition 2

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The Language of Newspapers : * examines how the press is ideologically biased * explores the stylistic contrasts in the portrayal of current events * includes numerous text examples from a range of broadsheets and tabloids, such as the birth of Madonna's baby, the

divorce of Charles and Diana, the Mandy Allwood case

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415278058
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/2/2002
  • Series: Intertext Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 136
  • Age range: 18 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Danuta Reah is co-author of Working with Texts and a freelance writer and teacher.
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Table of Contents

Unit 1 Introduction 1
What is a newspaper? 1
What is news? 4
Do newspapers contain news? 5
Who owns the press? 8
Who pays for newspapers? 8
Should newspapers be impartial? 10
Unit 2 Headlines 13
What is a headline? 13
What are headlines for? 13
The language of headlines 15
Putting words in: what the headline writer includes 16
Taking words out: what the headline writer omits 19
Shaking it all about: how the headline writer reorganises language 20
Graphological features of headlines 23
Headlines as information 25
Headlines as opinion manipulators 28
Unit 3 Audience 35
Who reads the papers? 35
How newspapers identify their audience 36
The identity of the reader 40
The role of the audience 40
Editorialising 45
Unit 4 Representation of groups: words, words, words 53
Linguistic determinism 53
What's in a name? 55
Naming of groups 60
Representations of women 63
Sexuality 69
Unit 5 Representations of groups: syntax 77
Mothers behaving badly: Madonna and Mandy Allwood 79
Case study 1: Mandy Allwood 80
Deleting the actor 87
Case study 2: Madonna 90
Facts and possibilities 92
Deleting the action 92
Modality 94
Putting it in order 96
Unit 6 Discourse 99
Johnny Foreigner: newspapers at war 99
Identifying patterns in text 100
Lexical cohesion 102
Grammatical cohesion 103
Reference 103
Narrative in newspaper texts 106
What is narrative? 106
Index of terms 113
Index of main texts 117
Further reading 119
References 120
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