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Verb not always retained: A linguistic study of the omission and retention of 'be' in a British newspaper's headlines
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 essay delas with the use of the verb be in the newspaper headlines. The verb be is often omitted from headlines for various reasons, and most of the published research available was done a long time ago; the most recent one is from the early eighties. In this study, two different kinds of news section are investigated in order to find out whether there are any differences in terms of omission of be. The sections investigated are Sports and Culture, and they were chosen because of the difference in the intended recipients. The main differences between these two sections are the fact that in the Culture section, the copula form of the verb is much more frequently omitted than in the Sports section, and that the headlines from Culture section retain the copula to a much greater extent than the headlines from the Sports section. The main similiarities between the two sections are the fact that the headlines from both sections contain a majority of the copula form of the verb be, and the auxiliary form of be is omitted more frequently than it is retained in both sections.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 20 p.
Keyword [en]
Auxiliary verb, copula, headlines, newspaper headlines, omission, retention
National Category
Humanities
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-18354OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-18354DiVA: diva2:516103
Subject / course
English
Educational program
Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
Presentation
2011-01-14, 11:22 (English)
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Available from: 2012-04-17 Created: 2012-04-17 Last updated: 2012-04-17Bibliographically approved

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