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I decided to produce and experiment in the field of journalistic writing alongside a transcription of a radio documentary. The former is centred on a social topic, delineating the harms of smoking in the form of a broadsheet newspaper article for The Obse

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Commentary For the purpose of this component that is experiments in writing, I decided to produce and experiment in the field of journalistic writing alongside a transcription of a radio documentary. The former is centred on a social topic, delineating the harms of smoking in the form of a broadsheet newspaper article for The Observer (Sunday supplement). The latter however, consists of an interview whereby the function of language at scrutiny shall be interactional and encompassing some facets of transactional speech broadcast on BBC London radio. Nevertheless, both forms of writing elucidate a common social theme. The purpose of the newspaper article is to inform. However, the occurrence of an innate principle when writing in the field of journalism should not seem unanticipated. This intrinsic aspect of journalistic writing requires the text to conform for the purpose of entertainment. Perhaps a study into the graphology of the article will clarify this assertion. The headline of the article reads: 'THE INTERVIEW' this being bold and much larger instantly attracts the reader's attention. Furthermore the readers can judge the importance of the headline visually, before they see what is being said. Typography is also important in this regard where two distinguished font sizes are used thus leaving an intuition of high importance placed upon by the larger font. The word 'typography' is in fact is derived from the Greek word 'typos' which is defined as 'impression'. ...read more.


The choice of vocabulary does serve as a firm elemental factor, in establishing the interviewee's significance and high status in academia. Lexis such as: 'profound', 'prospects', 'academia', 'intrinsic' and 'comprehend' are employed with such spontaneous and impulsive speech. Therefore, this reflects that the speaker has in fact acquired a high degree of knowledge and articulacy which is further exemplified by his title as a Doctor. The broadsheet newspaper article has combined both a very formal and entertaining tone. I have purposely applied this, since this is a common characteristic of broadsheet newspapers. A specific register is therefore indispensable to conveying information on such an important social and heath field, but to an audience who are perhaps middle-class, educated, employed or retired. The manner of delivery also encompasses some facets of influential language, primarily consisting of: clarity, formality, moderate and standard rhetoric. The idea of conveying information while remaining entertaining can be observed from the first interrogative that appears in the second paragraph: 'Or do we consider the stats to be fabricated?' This gives the audience an opportunity to instantly reflect on the figures revealed within the same paragraph, and also to form an opinion about the nature of the interrogative. A continuation of similar rhetorical features is introduced thereafter: 'After all, they didn't really go around counting the number of people who smoke, did they?' ...read more.


Subsequently there are numerous aspects of the English language that subconsciously occur, thus implicating a striking demarcation between the nature of the two modes namely; spoken and written. I have endeavored to illustrate this through the medium of a radio documentary and newspaper article (Sunday supplement), both of which are very common platforms of communication and their popularity is increasing by the day. It can be deduced from the radio documentary that much of the language is spontaneous hence the false starts and fillers: 'i mean' and 'you know'. Moreover, the general atmosphere and audience tenor of the conversation is quite relaxed. As a result, traces of colloquialism can be seen: 'yeh yeh'. It is imperative to acknowledge the fact that these prosodic features are part of the spoken English and it is common knowledge that spoken language cannot be altered, hence its permanency. On the other hand, written English has many different characteristics. It can easily be altered, and is therefore constantly developing in its region of expanding the influences of the English language. Furthermore, there tends to be a higher level of accuracy associated with written English, as a result this written aspect is governed by a more prescriptive constitution, whereby 'Rules', 'Regulations' and 'Correctness' are on the frontline of the linguistic battlefield, attempting to preserve the 'Correct' or 'Standard' English language. Moreover, written English is perhaps more often than not employed by the world f academia, thus it is manifestly associated with Standard English. ?? ?? ?? ?? Yusuf Ahmed English Language 1 ...read more.

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