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SOME TYPICAL LINGUISTIC FEATURES OF ENGLISH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES
SOME TYPICAL LINGUISTIC FEATURES OF ENGLISH NEWSPAPER HEADLINES

Author(s): Sanda Marcoci
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Addleton Academic Publishers
Keywords: English newspaper headlines; linguistic realization; skills; rules; exceptions

Summary/Abstract: Journalistic discourse represents a paradigm within mass communication. It is considered in relation to social contexts of language use. Headlines general impact is stronger than that affecting people who buy the newspapers, since they are often glimpsed almost everywhere. Discourse analysts have been attracted by the linguistic realization of headlines. Integrated in the journalistic discourse, headlines are very specific structural units of texts. Headlines are studied as independent and effective persuasive elements of articles. In dealing with headlines, the readers are always involved in seeking out meaning. English newspaper headlines represent interesting examples of language use. Those reading them need a special training in a wide range of skills in order to deduce the rules of headlines usage and use these rules in understanding meanings. Some of the most important grammar exceptions as typical linguistic features of newspaper headlines are: elliptical constructions, noun phrases, noun strings, a particular use of verb tenses, use of short words, use of puns, alliterations, etc. An exercise like deciphering headlines is a very necessary argument in our need to grasp the gist of newspaper articles.

  • Issue Year: 2014
  • Issue No: 13
  • Page Range: 708-714
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: English