Headlines and Deadlines: Changing Newspaper Language

By November 17, 2016,
AuthorJean Aitchison
TitleHeadlines and Deadlines: Changing Newspaper Language
AbstractHighly skilled and concise, newspaper writing can be considered quite as interesting as literature, continuing a long-standing tradition of story-telling. After a brief historical introduction about the press, the notion of 'newsworthiness' will be considered. Some of the narrative and linguistic patterns found in news reports are described, showing how they have changed over the years. Above all headlines are looked at, showing how they attract attention,how over the decades they have developed a conventional style of their own. Finally, since newspapers, especially headlines, are like advertising language, trying to grab people's attention, it will briefly considered to what extent newspaper language is like, or unlike, advertising language.
author = {Jean Aitchison},
title = {Headlines and Deadlines: Changing Newspaper Language},
pages = {3-18},
booktitle = {Proceedings of the 12th EURALEX International Congress},
year = {2006},
month = {sep},
date = {6-9},
address = {Torino, Italy},
editor = {Elisa Corino, Carla Marello, Cristina Onesti},
publisher = {Edizioni dell'Orso},
isbn = {88-7694-918-6},