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Language and Media

A Resource Book for Students

By Alan Durant, Marina Lambrou

Routledge – 2009 – 270 pages

Series: Routledge English Language Introductions

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Description

Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students.

Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample analyses, commentaries and key readings - all in the same volume. The innovative and flexible 'two-dimensional' structure is built around four sections - introduction, development, exploration and extension - which offer self-contained stages for study. Each topic can also be read across these sections, enabling the reader to build gradually on the knowledge gained.

Language and Media:

  • is a comprehensive introduction to how language interacts with media
  • investigates the forms of language found in media discourse; how patterns in such language use contribute to recognizable media genres and styles; and broader social themes and consequences that arise from media language
  • uses a wide variety of real texts from the media that include: newspapers covering events such as the Asian tsunami, speeches, blogs, emails, advertizements and interview transcripts from television talk shows including Oprah
  • provides classic readings by the key names in the discipline including David Crystal, Norman Fairclough, David Graddol, Allan Bell and Theo van Leeuwen
  • is accompanied by a supporting website.

Written by two experienced teachers and authors, this accessible textbook is an essential resource for all students of English language and linguistics.

Reviews

“Durant and Lambrou explain established key concepts as well as discuss fresh ideas; consider an impressively wide range of analytical frameworks; provide a relevant mix of traditional and new forms of media; and offer a variety of well-designed practical learning activities. Written in an extremely accessible style, with plenty of current examples, Language and Media is an invaluable resource for students of media discourse.” Michelle M. Lazar, National University of Singapore

"This is a very useful book on the important interplay between language and media. Its integrated and methodological approach makes the subject matter interesting and accessible to a range of students at different levels". Gerry Loftus, University of Buckingham, UK

Contents

A: Introduction 1. Media as Language Use 2. Register and Style 3. Mediated Communication 4. Media Discourse Genres 5. Media Rhetorics 6. Media Story Telling 7. Words and Images 8. Boundaries of Media Discourse 9. The Future of Media Language B: Development 1. Speech, Writing and Media 2. Different Styles of Media Language 3. Mediated Participation 4. Schema and Genre Theory 5. Persuasion and Power 6. Telling Stories 7. Anchoring Visual Meanings 8. Coarseness and Incivility in Broadcast Talk 9. Looking into the Future C: Exploration 1. Messages and Media 2. The Case of the Blog 3. Listening to Pop Lyrics 4. Comparing Studio Talk 5. Purposes of Persuasion 6. Media Fiction and Fact 7. Soundtrack and Multimodal Discourse 8. Media Language and Acceptability 9. Media Change in the Future D: Extension 1. The Meanings of ‘Media’ 2. Varieties of Media Language 3. Media and Modernity 4. Broadcast Talk 5. News and Advertising Angles 6. Narrative Strategies 7. Windows on the World 8. Media Trouble 9. Media Language and Social Change

Author Bio

Alan Durant is Professor of Communication at Middlesex University Business School, London, UK.

Marina Lambrou is Senior Lecturer in English Language and Communication at Kingston University, London, UK.

Name: Language and Media: A Resource Book for Students (Paperback)Routledge 
Description: By Alan Durant, Marina Lambrou. Routledge English Language Introductions cover core areas of language study and are one-stop resources for students. Assuming no prior knowledge, books in the series offer an accessible overview of the subject, with activities, study questions, sample...
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