A Case Analysis of Lexical Features in English Broadsheets and Tabloids

Yingxia Li, Dongyu Zhang, Wanyi Du


This paper investigates lexical features in two different styles of English newspapers-broadsheets (The New York Times, and The Times), and tabloids (New York Post and The Sun). The comparison and contrast are done in five lexical aspects: the use of compound words, fuzzy words, numbers, proper nouns and vivid words. Statistics show that differences do exist between broadsheets and tabloids. Analysis is done to reveal the possible causes that lead to the difference and provides evidence that lexical features are essential to set the tone of newspaper writing.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v4n4p115

International Journal of English Linguistics   ISSN 1923-869X (Print)   ISSN 1923-8703 (Online)

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