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The use of articles in newspaper headlines: Omission and retention in a British quality paper and a tabloid
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study investigated the use of definite and indefinite article in two different newspapers and their headlines, a quality paper and a tabloid. The aim was to see if there were any differences or similarities in terms of omission and retention of articles as well as why article omission occurs. The data used for this essay consisted of 400 headlines collected randomly from The Guardian and The Sun, and later 460 definite or indefinite noun phrases were found and investigated. In this study, The Guardian has longer headlines in average, resulting in more omissions of the definite article. Nevertheless, the result showed that both newspapers use omission and retention of the articles in a similar way. Why article omission occurs in headlines is, however, difficult to tell. The typographical theory that limitation of space is the reason for omitting articles could be one explanation. As sees from the results, article omission may also be a free process with some expections where articles need to be retained due to semantic and syntactic factors. What is also evident in the current investigation is that no headline from The Guardian or The Sun begins with the indefinite article a.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 24 p.
Keyword [en]
Block language, Definite article, Ellipsis, Headlines, Indefinite article, Newspapers, The Guardian, The Sun
National Category
Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-14709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-14709DiVA: diva2:445825
Subject / course
English
Educational program
Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
Presentation
(English)
Uppsok
Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2012-01-02 Created: 2011-10-05 Last updated: 2012-01-02Bibliographically approved

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