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Books: Applied Linguistics: Lennon

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  1. julia.ulrich, Allusions in the Press: Lennon

Message 1: Allusions in the Press: Lennon

Date: Thu, 19 Aug 2004 10:58:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: julia.ulrich <>
Subject: Allusions in the Press: Lennon

Title: Allusions in the Press
Subtitle: An Applied Linguistic Study

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher:	Mouton de Gruyter

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Author: Paul Lennon, University of Bielefeld, Germany.

Hardback: ISBN: 3110179504, Pages: xiv, 298, Price: EURO 98.00


This corpus-based study of allusions in the British press shows the
range of targets journalists allude to -- from Shakespeare to TV
soaps, from Jane Austen to Hillary Clinton, from hymns to nursery
rhymes, proverbs, and riddles. It analyzes the linguistic forms
allusions take and demonstrates how allusions function meaningfully in
discourse. It explores the nature of the background cultural and
intertextual knowledge allusions demand of readers and sets out the
processing stages involved in understanding an allusion. Allusion is
integrated into existing theories of indirect language and linked to
idioms, word-play, and metaphor.

From the Contents:

Introduction - Theories of indirect language comprehension - Previous
work on allusion - A newspaper corpus of allusions: Initial analysis
(of quotations, titles, proverbs, formulaic text, names and naming
phrases, set phrases) - The alluding and target units - The
comprehension of allusions - The functions of allusion - Conclusion -
Appendix: The national dailies: Social class and age of readers,
average daily sales 1995

Lingfield(s):	Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s):	English (Language code: ENG)
Written In:	English (Language Code: ENG)

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