Medialinguistic approaches

Exploring the case of newswriting

Authored by: Daniel Perrin

The Routledge Handbook of Language and Media

Print publication date:  August  2017
Online publication date:  August  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138014176
eBook ISBN: 9781315673134
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315673134.ch1

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Abstract

What is the role of language in a globally connected, multi-semiotic, and mediatized world? How do people use media to get their messages across? Why does news production change in increasingly multilingual environments? Answering such questions on empirical grounds requires medialinguistic approaches. Often, these approaches combine theories and methods from (applied) linguistics on the one hand and media and communication studies on the other. Moreover, media linguistic research tends to integrate practitioners’ views in transdisciplinary projects. Such endeavors result in systematic reflections of the value that findings can add to both theory and practice. Empirically based practical measures include coaching and advising journalists and media businesses in order to help them improve their writing processes and refine their policies.

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