chapter  5
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Learning the language of news

THE language of news today is the product of centuries of linguistic evolution. It is not a “natural” form of writing. It is a particular discourse with its own rhythms, tones, words and phrases (News as Discourse; Teu A.van Dijk; Lawrence Erlbaum Associates; New Jersey; 1988. Language in the News: Discourse and Ideology in the Press; Roger Fowler; Routledge; London; 1991). It has to be learnt.