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The Word Weavers : Newshounds and Wordsmiths - Jean Aitchison

The Word Weavers

Newshounds and Wordsmiths

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Published: 29th June 2007
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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.

About the Author

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

List of figuresp. ix
Prefacep. xi
Acknowledgementsp. xv
Weaving and worryingp. 1
Journalism versus literature?
Singers of talesp. 12
Oral narrative
The tongue of the handp. 32
Speech and writing
Hangings, histories, marvels, mysteriesp. 50
The birth of journalism
Calendars of roguery and woep. 72
Daily newspapers
Story-tellingp. 96
Narrating the news
Glimmering wordsp. 119
Boiling down and polishing
Painting with wordsp. 145
Imaginative creativity
Two ideas for onep. 165
Exploring metaphor
The role of journalismp. 187
Evaluating the views
Epiloguep. 213
Notesp. 215
Referencesp. 234
Indexp. 251

ISBN: 9780521540070
ISBN-10: 0521540070
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 29th June 2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8  x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.386