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Use of Intensifiers in British and Bulgarian Newspapers Letters to the Editor
Use of Intensifiers in British and Bulgarian Newspapers Letters to the Editor

Author(s): Irina Stoyanova-Georgieva
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Theoretical Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Comparative Linguistics, Philology, Translation Studies
Published by: Софийски университет »Св. Климент Охридски«
Keywords: intensifiers; reinforcing character; yellow press

Summary/Abstract: The article studies the quantity and variety of adverbial intensifiers modifying adjectives used for the sake of enhancing the attitudinal and evaluative positions of the writer in Letters to the Editor, sent by readers, and published in British and Bulgarian newspapers. The results of the study show differences between the ways intensification is used in the British and the Bulgarian print mass media. On the one hand, the use of intensifiers is more frequent in the Bulgarian print media, considering both their quantity and variety in texts. On the other, British tabloids rely on intensifiers with reinforcing character, while the Bulgarian yellow press prefers ‘attacking’ the reader with a number of different qualifiers. Examples are presented to prove the abovementioned statements.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 5-17
  • Page Count: 13
  • Language: English