The Linguistics of Newswriting

Daniel Perrin | Zurich University of Applied Sciences
ISBN 9789027205278 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
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The Linguistics of Newswriting focuses on text production in journalistic media as both a socially relevant field of language use and as a strategic field of applied linguistics. The book discusses and paves the way for scientific projects in the emerg­ing field of linguistics of newswriting. From empirical micro and theoretical macro perspectives, strategies and practices of research development and knowledge transformation are discussed. Thus, the book is addressed to researchers, teachers and coaches interested in the linguistics of professional writing in general and news­writing in particular. Together with the training materials provided on the internet, the book will also be useful to anyone who wants to become a more “discerning consumer" (Perry, 2005) or a more reflective producer of language in the media.

[AILA Applied Linguistics Series, 11] 2013.  xiii, 302 pp.
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“Perrin's work is ground-breaking, addressing attested gaps in the field of language and news media, notably in terms of production and process, which are difficult to investigate with existing linguistic tools. Perrin leads with a fresh perspective, well-conceived and tested methods, and thoughtful case studies -- opening up the field again. The Linguistics of Newswriting has a broad reach and at the same time nails down the details. A virtuoso accomplishment.”
“The depth and breadth of the research seems unprecedented in my reading of the literature on literate activity in any domain.”
“For the past two decades or so, Daniel Perrin has been one of the leading figures in a small but increasingly influential network or researchers who call for the systematic language oriented study of news production processes: no analysis of media discourse, it is argued can be complete without a thorough consideration of the contextual dynamics in which it has emerged. Perrin’s Linguistics of Newswriting is now the first book-length introduction to this field. It is both deeply theoretical and overwhelmingly empirical. The book’s scope is ambitious, from the “ins” of gaining access to the “outs” of feeding back to the practitioners interested in how the news or any other form of professional discourse is made. (On a personal note, Perrin’s book is so elegantly written, sharply focused and innovatively structured that he has single-handedly reconciled me with the monograph genre.) [...] The Linguistics of Newswriting should be considered a groundbreaking project, one that will inspire future research efforts in the field of newswriting, and beyond.”
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Communication Studies

Communication Studies

Main BIC Subject

CFG: Semantics, Pragmatics, Discourse Analysis

Main BISAC Subject

LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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