Interaction between publicist and spoken style in the language of present-day press Cover Image

Publicistinio ir šnekamojo stiliaus sandūra dabartinėje spaudoje
Interaction between publicist and spoken style in the language of present-day press

Author(s): Aurelija Leonavičienė
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Lietuvių Kalbos Institutas
Keywords: Direct speech; publicist style; corpus linguistics; word frequency

Summary/Abstract: The paper analyses direct speech as a typographically marked heterogenic form which is exceptionally frequent in present-day publicist style. Direct speech presented in spoken style and the surrounding text written in publicist style are investigated implementing the methodology of corpus linguistics, statistics and comparative description. The aim of investigation is to identify features of spoken style in direct speech, to determine the interaction between spoken and publicist functional varieties in present-day media language, to discuss new tendencies in the language of the press. The distribution of lexical items according to the parts of speech is analysed on the basis of a special contrastive corpus, in the word frequency lists of four bands. The initial parts of texts are treated as statistically most representative. They help identify the quantitatively relevant and qualitatively most characteristic stylistic dispersion of lexical units. The investigation has resulted in identifying the following tendencies of present-day language of the press: functional varieties tend to interact and merge, the opposition between written and spoken language in the press is neutralised, texts are becoming heterogeneous etc.

  • Issue Year: 2007
  • Issue No: 80
  • Page Range: 85-96
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Lithuanian
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