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Newspaper Comparison

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It has often been said that the styles of writing used in Tabloid and Broadsheet newspapers differ greatly. In this project I will be attempting to discover whether or not this is the case by analysing various aspects of the linguistics of a piece from the Guardian and a piece from the Sun, each from the same day updating the public on the situation in Afghanistan. In most cases you would expect the two pieces to differ greatly in the way they use language, however given the size and nature of these two pieces I believe that they will be more similar than most people would expect. For example I fully expect each piece to use similar aspects of Journalese, such as starting with informing us who, what, when and where. The pieces were taken from the Sun and the Guardian; coincidentally both were also on page 11. From each piece I will be analysing the Denotation and Connotation, Stylistics, Grammar, Graphology and Lexis and trying to determine what this tells us about the style in which each piece is written and why this is. I will then be looking at the differences between the pieces and seeing what conclusions we can draw from this. Because of the relative shortness of the two articles the amount of connotation is quite low. There are some examples however; in the Sun the 2 most prominent examples are "Erupts" which is referring to something starting suddenly. The Denotation of this is a volcano eruption. Both meanings are emotive and powerful and designed to get the public behind the decision to go to war. The second example of "wobblers" is said in the context as people who are not totally in support of the war, rather than people who rock from side to side. Again this is designed to gain support for the war but in a different way to using powerful language. This way is using a word which makes people think that not supporting the war is something bad and that people who do this are seen as weak. The 2 examples picked from the Guardian are slightly different in that they are not designed specifically to increase support for the government's actions. The first is "Foster" as in "Foster a dialogue" which literally means "To nourish or rear". This is clearly not as passionate as the use of language in the Sun. The second example is the use of "fall". In the context it means when the city is captured but the dictionary definition is "to fall over". From these examples it is obvious that the Guardian is not trying to whip up passion for the war from the public, or at least not as ferociously as the Sun is doing. The amount of Stylistics used differs hugely in each piece. In the Sun we see the personification of Jordan, where we are told that it "Stands Shoulder to Shoulder". There is also a large amount of Alliteration besides this, such as "Afghanistan alliance advance", "Fierce fighting", "Pakistani president Pervez", "Stands shoulder to shoulder",...

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