Slang in American and English Newspapers

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Yerevan State Linguistic University after V. Brusov

Course Paper

The Use of Slang in Modern American

And British Newspapers

Faculty: Foreign Languages
Department: English and Linguistics
Year: 3
Group: 14
Student: Maria Zakharyan
Supervisor: L. Sargsyan

Yerevan 2012

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION..........................................................................................2 CHAPTER I. THE SLANG IN MODERN ENGLISH.
1.1. The Stylistic Classification of the English Vocabulary…………….3 1.2. The notion of Slang and its Origin….. ...............................................5 1.3 The Newspaper Functional Style …....................................................7

CHAPTER II. THE USE OF SLANG IN AMERICAN AND BRITISH NEWSPAPERS………..……………………….………………………..…….8 CONCLUSION……………………………….……………………………12 REFERENCES………………………………………………………….…14

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INTRODUCTION

This paper is devoted to the analysis of the use of slang in modern American and British newspapers, its peculiarities, means of its creation and its use in different kinds of articles. The reason to choose the topic is determined by the increasing influence of the press on the society. It plays a very important part in the social, political and cultural life of the people. That is why we decided to investigate the language of newspapers and magazines. The research material is based on the number of American and British newspapers and magazines. It is very important to find out whether the slang can be used in press or not and if the newspapermen should be claimed for the use of informal words and expressions. The first Chapter of the paper gives a general overview upon the problem and states the main characteristics of „slang”. It dwells upon general knowledge about the phenomenon called „slang”. It also discusses the issue of slang synonyms bringing to the attention their features, their usage and their connection with „slang”. The first Chapter of the paper also gives a general overview upon the formation of New slang words and tries to scrutinize the most common word-building means in the non-literary vocabulary system. The Second Chapter of our work represents the result of our practical research. It was interesting to find out the different effects the use of slang words and expressions can produce on the reader. Finally we observed the peculiarities of use of different means of informal word-creation in all the kinds of editorials. In the Conclusions the most significant similarities and differences are mentioned as well as further possibilities for research. At the end the reference literature is given.

3 CHAPTER I. THE SLANG IN MODERN ENGLISH.
1.1 Stylistic Classification of the English Vocabulary When we decided to wear something we take into consideration all circumstances and choose the best one in particular situation. Consequently, the social context in which the communication is taking place determines the modes of speech. When placed in different situations, people instinctively choose different kinds of words and structures to express their thoughts. The suitability or unsuitability of a word for each particular situation depends on its stylistic characteristics or, in other words, on the functional style it represents. The term functional style is generally accepted in modern linguistics. Professor I. V. Arnold (2; 36) defines it as "a system of expressive means peculiar to a specific sphere of communication". By the sphere of communication we mean the circumstances attending...
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