From newspapers and television to email, the internet and text messaging, there are ever increasing media conduits for the news. Bringing media figures and scholars to debate the shifting relations between today's media and contemporary language, this text investigates how developments in world media have affected and been affected by, language.
New Media Language brings leading media figures and scholars together to debate the shifting relations between today's media and contemporary language. From newspapers and television to email, the Internet and text messaging, there are ever increasing media conduits for news. This book investigates how developments in world media have affected, and been affected by, language. Exploring a wide range of topics, from the globalization of communication to the vocabulary of terrorism and the language used in the wake of September 11, New Media Language looks at the important and wide-ranging implications of these changes. From Malcolm Gluck on wine writing, to Naomi Baron on email, the authors provide authoritative and engaging insights into the ways in which language is changing, and in turn, changes us. With a foreword by Simon Jenkins, New Media Language is essential reading for anyone with an interest in today's complex and expanding media.
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'Refreshingly, none of the contributors descends to the banal claim that "9/11 changed everything".' - Times Higher Education Supplement
'This collection of essays ... sheds light on the way language develops in all societies and times. I recommend this collection to anyone interested in the subtle links between the global economy and the intimacies of personal expression.' - Times Higher Education Supplement
'The strength and value of this volume lie in the diversity of its individual articles, written by an interesting mix of scholars and media professionals.' -Linguist List
'A comprehensive guide to media discourse ... The overview of media language that this text provides makes it useful to linguists as well as journalists and public relations professionals.' - Language
Table of Contents
List of contributors, Foreword by Simon Jenkins, Acknowledgements, Introduction, Jean Aitchison and Diana Lewis, I. Modern media discourse, 1. Poles apart: globalisation and the development of news discourse across the 20th century Allan Bell 2. Modern media myths Raymond Snoddy, 3.Globalizing 'communication' Deborah Cameron, 4.The new incivility: threat or promise? Robin Lakoff, 5. Parochialising the Global: language in the British Tabloid Press Martin Conboy; II. Modes of the media 6. Reporting, reportage and literature John Carey, 7. Speaking to Middle England: Radio Four and its listeners, David Hendy, 8. Literacy and the new media: vita brevis, lingua brevis Angela Kesseler and Alexander Bergs, 9. Why email looks like speech: proofreading, pedagogy, and public face Naomi Baron, 10. Online news: a new genre? Diana Lewis; III. Representation and models, 11. Writing wine columns Malcolm Gluck, 12. Rhetoric, bluster and on_line gaffes: The tough life of a White House spin_doctor Alan Partington, 13. Politics is Marriage and Show Business: A View From Recent Taiwanese Political Discourse Jennifer Wei, 14. 'Emotional DIY' and Proper Parenting in Kilroy Nuria Lorenzo-Dus, 15. Language and American 'good taste': Martha Stewart as mass media role model Catherine Evans Davie; IV. The effect of the media on language, 16. Noun phrases in media texts: a quantificational approach Yibin Ni, 17. Economy vs. explicitness: the evolution of increasingly dense nominal styles in newspaper language Douglas Biber, 18. Newspapers and neologisms John Ayto, 19. Reliable authority. Tabloids, film, e-mail, and speech as sources for dictionaries, John Simpson, 20. From Armageddon to War: the vocabulary of terrorism Jean Aitchison, Index
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