LINGUIST List 25.5215

Sat Dec 20 2014

Books: Pragmatics of Tense and Time in News: Chovanec

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Date: 04-Dec-2014
From: Karin Plijnaar <karin.plijnaarbenjamins.nl>
Subject: Pragmatics of Tense and Time in News: Chovanec
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Title: Pragmatics of Tense and Time in News
Subtitle: From canonical headlines to online news texts
Series Title: Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 253
Published: 2014
Publisher: John Benjamins
                http://www.benjamins.com/

Book URL: https://benjamins.com/catalog/pbns.253

Author: Jan Chovanec
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269324 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 99.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269324 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Electronic: ISBN: 9789027269324 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027256584 Pages: Price: U.S. $ 149.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027256584 Pages: Price: U.K. £ 83.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9789027256584 Pages: Price: Europe EURO 104.94
Abstract:

This book provides the first comprehensive account of temporal deixis in English printed and online news texts. Linking the characteristic usage of tenses with the projection of deictic centres, it notes how conventional tenses, particularly in headlines, are affected by heteroglossia arising from various accessed voices. The resulting tense shifts are interpreted pragmatically as a conventional reader-oriented strategy that creates the impression of temporal co-presence. It is argued that since different tense choices systematically correlate with the three main textual segments of news texts, the function of tense needs to be viewed in a close connection with its local context. Traditional news texts are also contrasted with online news, particularly as far as the effect of hypertextuality on the coding of time is concerned. A two-level structural framework for the analysis of online news is proposed in order to account for their increased textual complexity. The book will be of interest to a wide range of scholars and students working in the fields of media pragmatics, discourse analysis and stylistics.

Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
                            Pragmatics
                            Sociolinguistics

Written In: English (eng)

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