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 figures||p. ix|
|Weaving and worrying||p. 1|
|Journalism versus literature?|
|Singers of tales||p. 12|
|The tongue of the hand||p. 32|
|Speech and writing|
|Hangings, histories, marvels, mysteries||p. 50|
|The birth of journalism|
|Calendars of roguery and woe||p. 72|
|Narrating the news|
|Glimmering words||p. 119|
|Boiling down and polishing|
|Painting with words||p. 145|
|Two ideas for one||p. 165|
|The role of journalism||p. 187|
|Evaluating the views|
Number Of Pages: 276
Published: 29th June 2007
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.8 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.386