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How do two articles use Linguistic Devices differently, and what effect does this have on this have on the readers' opinion ?

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How do two articles use Linguistic Devices differently, and What effect does this have on this have on the readers' opinion ? Both Sun and Independent use linguistic devices. Both Sun and Independent are about the same subject about Clare Short, who is an ex-Cabinet Minister. Clare Short was accused of treachery; she was accused of leaking secrets about the UK's National Security. Both newspapers present the case against her in different ways. The Sun and Independent are reporting on Clare Short's words according to Sun she was 'damaging the interest of the UK'. In the Independent she was accused the blame about the Iraq war. The Sun's headline is big and striking but in The Independent it is small and not as striking. ...read more.

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However in the Independent it has captions for Clare Short and Turnbull. This shows that the Independent is focusing on both sides of the argument. Independent uses informative rather than the accusation language of The Sun. When the Independent makes their point there is no naming people. The Sun uses slang and colloquial language to grab the readers' attention. Sun also writes this to entertain the audience. Whilst in The Independent they use Standard English, their purpose is to inform and explain to the reader. The Sun avoids complex sentences so as not to confuse the reader whilst in Independent uses more complex sentences and punctuation to inform the reader. The Sun uses less complex vocabulary; however in Independent they use more complex vocabulary. ...read more.

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The Independent uses Standard English. On the other hand The Sun uses colloquial language. An example of Standard English is 'there had been unease across Whitehall over the legality of the war without a second UN resolution.' This is very easy to understand and avoids colloquial language. Examples of colloquial language are 'tore into' and 'rock bottom'. Those who enjoy reading tabloid newspapers find language easy and broadsheet readers are able to accept the formal language. In The Sun the writer quotes Jonathan Dimbley's questions rather than Clare Short's answers. This is able to bias the readers' opinion more, if they quote Clare Short less. However, The Independent uses long quotations from Clare Short. This gives the readers more freedom to decide their own opinion. Both newspapers use very different linguistic devices and different means of presentation to give the audience different opinions. The photographs are different; The Sun gives less attractive picture than the Independent. ...read more.

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