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A GRAMMATICAL ANALYSIS OF NEWS HEADLINES IN PUNCH NEWSPAPER

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 Format: MS WORD ::   Chapters: 1-5 ::   Pages: 50 ::   Attributes: Data Analysis ::   7,203 people found this useful

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CHAPTER ONE

1.0 INTRODUCTION

1.1 BACKGROUND OF STUDY

The activities of newspapers in Nigeria have increased overtime. Today, newspapers are widely read by a good number of people in Nigeria and other countries of the world. In the Nigerian society, a lot of people, most especially the elite, read the newspapers to get adequate updates concerning events and happenings in the society. Consequently, this has led to the evolution of a plethora of more newspapers in the country over the years. Also, these newspapers are characterized by headlines which project the gist of the stories and events in them. Newspaper headlines are often constructed in certain structures to specifically capture the highlights of news and stories in the newspapers. The headlines are often constructed to capture the interest of the readers since they determine whether people will eventually read the stories in the newspaper.

According to Ungerer (2000: 48) stated that ‘a headline describes news story in a few words, informs quickly and accurately and arouses the readers’ curiosity’.

Similarly, Tiono (2003) in his research work argues that in order to attract readers’ attention, journalists make the headlines kind of eye-catching so that readers become curious to know the content of the whole story. Also, newspaper readers often see the headlines before they read the news details of the events captured in the newspapers. Thus, the way language is used and certain linguistic structures are constructed in newspaper headlines often have a great influence on the readers. Also, it is important to note that factors such as house style of the publishing industry, the reasons of space and the intention to inform quickly about the relevant facts influence the way linguistic expressions are constructed with a deliberate reduction of the full syntax of the structures. Hence, a careful syntactic study of the Nigerian newspaper headlines is needed to examine their structure which will ultimately aid the understanding of the headlines. It is to this regard that the study wishes to carry out a grammatical analysis of news headlines in punch newspaper as at 25 March, 2017 as a case study.

1.2 STATEMENT OF PROBLEM

What really instigated the study was the growth of grammatical errors in most of the Nigerian newspapers. Another major problem here is the nature, language of reporting, and the syntactic structure of some sentences. The study lay much emphasis on the premise that some journalists often resort to the use of clichés, jargons and complex syntactic sentence structures which they believe constitute their style of writing.

1.3 AIMS AND OBJECTIVES OF STUDY

The main aim of the research work is to carry out a grammatical analysis of news headlines in punch newspaper. Other specific objectives of the study include:

  1. To examine the effect of writing and reporting style on readers preferences of newspaper
  2. To examine the difference between sentential and non-sentential headlines in punch newspaper
  3. To carry out a structures in comparison with the common core
  4. To proffer solution to above problems

1.4 RESEARCH QUESTIONS

The study came up with research questions in order to ascertain the above stated objectives. The specific research questions are stated below as follows:

  1. What is the effect of writing and reporting style on readers preferences of newspaper?
  2. What is the difference between sentential and non-sentential headlines in punch newspaper?
  3. How to carry out structures in comparison with the common core?

1.5 SIGNIFICANCE OF STUDY

The study on the grammatical analysis of news headlines in punch newspapers will be of immense benefit to punch newspaper and other newspapers as it will reveal the common grammatical errors present in most newspapers, it will also reveal the difference between sentential and non-sentential headlines in punch newspaper

1.6 SCOPE OF STUDY

The study on the grammatical analysis of news headline is limited to the punch newspaper as at 27 March, 2017

1.7 DEFINITION OF TERMS

GRAMMATICAL ERROR: a common misspelling

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

REFERENCES

Crystal, David. (1995). The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Dor, D. (2003). On newspaper headlines as relevance optimizers. Journal of Pragmatics, 35, 695-721. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0378-2166(02)00134-0 Haegeman, L. (1994). Introduction to government and binding theory (2nd ed.). Oxford: Blackwell. Jackendoff, R. S. (1977). X- Syntax: a study of phrase structure. Cambridge: MIT Press. Khodabandeh, F. (2007). A contrastive analysis of English and Persian newspaper headlines. International Journal of communication. Vol. 17. Bahri publications. Lamidi, M.T. (2008). Aspects of Chomskyan grammar. Ibadan: University Press PLC. Newmeyer, F. J. (2004). Against parameter setting approach to language variation. Linguistic Variation Year book, 4, 181-234. http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/livy.4.06new Nigerian Tribune (March 17, 27 2011) (Feb. March 2, 2013) Olatunde, O. (2007). Pragmatic functions of newspaper headlines in Nigeria. Perspectives on media discourse. In Taiwo, R. Odebunmi, A., & Adetunji, A. (Eds.), Munchen: LINOM publishers.


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