Changing Genre Conventions in Historical English News Discourse

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  • Editors: Birte Bös1, and Lucia Kornexl2
  • Format: PDF
  • Publication Year: 2015
  • e-Book ISBN 9789027268563

This volume explores the dynamics of genre conventions in historical English news discourse. The contributions cover a wide spectrum of news writing and publication formats: from <i>corantos</i> to modern tabloids, from prototypical hard news stories and crime reports to more specialised genres such as medical and scientific news, advertisements, death notices and spoof news. Investigating linguistic, pragmatic and social factors, the authors trace the triggers, mechanisms and agents of change that have shaped genre conventions in historical news discourse from the 17th century to the present day.

Subjects: Pragmatics; Discourse studies; Sociolinguistics and Dialectology; English linguistics; Historical linguistics; Germanic linguistics

  • Affiliations: 1: University of Duisburg-Essen; 2: University of Rostock

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