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A Contrastive Study on Chinese and English News Language from the Perspective of Stylistics

Author LiYou
Tutor WeiWanDe
School Wuhan University of Technology
Course Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Keywords news news English stylistics stylistic feature
CLC H315
Type Master's thesis
Year 2010
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China has become a member of WTO; the economic and cultural exchange with foreign countries is increasing. All messages and new things are represented in mass media and one of the traditional media for news’ transmitting is newspaper. Newspaper as a more stable written form is becoming more and more indispensable to people’s life. As part of public life, this form of media has borrowed words, phrases or expressions from society and at the same time generated a lot of new language form and usage that will influence people’s everyday life in rum. News language has developed into a branch of modem stylistics. Recently more and more attention has been directed to the study of news English and contributed to steady progress in this field.For ESL/EFL learners, newspaper reading call also serve as a way to widen their scope of knowledge and learn the ever-changing English language. The study of news English is necessary to English learners, and therefore ESL/EFL learners might be more efficient in their learning.This thesis discussed stylistic features of the English news reporting. We focus our attention on English hard news. We employ the method of the induction, classification and comparative to study news headline, lead and body. This thesis consists of 6 chapters. Chapter 1 mainly gives the introduction of the entire passage and what kind of material the author chooses. After a brief introduction, Chapter 2 presents the theoretical background of the thesis, reviews the theory of stylistics; the levels of stylistic analysis are given in this chapter, too. In Chapter 3, a brief introduction of news and news English, such as the definition of news and news English, news elements are given; and also analyze the collected data. In Chapter 4 stylistic features of English news reporting is discussed. The stylistic feature is subdivided into three aspects-phonological features and graphological features, lexical feature and syntax feature, and semantic feature. The author concentrates on the major components of news headline and the stylistics features of body. The author goes into the study in details; puts forward different viewpoints, and give some samples to support author’s viewpoints. Chapter 5 as the conclusion gives a summary of those features that have been discussed in the previous parts of the thesis.

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