The Word Weavers: Newshounds and Wordsmiths

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Cambridge University Press, 2007 M05 31 - 257 páginas
Modern journalism is often the subject of criticism and opposition. Written by one of the foremost authorities on language and the media writing today, this engaging book suggests that view is unfair, and that journalists are in fact skilled 'word weavers' whose output is cleverly worked into planned patterns. Drawing on a range of authentic news articles, it traces the development of journalism from its origins to the present day. Aitchison shows how contemporary news writers have inherited an age-old oral tradition, which over the centuries was incorporated into public notices, ballads and storybooks - eventually providing the basis of the journalism we see today. She argues that, while journalists have very different aims to literary writers, their work can in no way be regarded as inferior. Entertainingly written, The World Weavers provides a fascinating insight into journalistic writing, and will be enjoyed by anybody wanting to know more about media language.
 

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Weaving and worrying
1
Singers of tales
12
The tongue of the hand
32
Hangings histories
50
Calendars of
72
FUNERAL OF LORD lELSON
80
Storytelling
96
Glimmering words
119
Murder formula
136
Violent death headline formulas
138
Painting with words
145
Two ideas for one
165
The role ofjournalism
187
ardy the copycat
188

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Jean Aitchison is Emeritus Rupert Murdoch Professor of Language and Communication, Worcester College, University of Oxford.

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