This paper describes changes in the frequency and use of some selected linguistic features in the language of Italian printed news: le dislocations, sentence-initial connectives, sentence length, lexical density and subordinating conjunctions. e study adopts a diachronic approach and relies on a corpus- based methodology. Language change was measured between 1985 and 2000 using two sub-sections of the Repubblica corpus. e main hypothesis is that these sixteen years highlighted signi cant changes emerging in newspaper language, partly due to the competition of commercial television, which entered a phase of exponential development in this period. More speci cally, these changes re ect the attempt of written news to reproduce communicative styles more suitable to orality and to real-time events.

Changing trends in Italian newspaper language. A diachronic, corpus-based study

Spina S
2013

Abstract

This paper describes changes in the frequency and use of some selected linguistic features in the language of Italian printed news: le dislocations, sentence-initial connectives, sentence length, lexical density and subordinating conjunctions. e study adopts a diachronic approach and relies on a corpus- based methodology. Language change was measured between 1985 and 2000 using two sub-sections of the Repubblica corpus. e main hypothesis is that these sixteen years highlighted signi cant changes emerging in newspaper language, partly due to the competition of commercial television, which entered a phase of exponential development in this period. More speci cally, these changes re ect the attempt of written news to reproduce communicative styles more suitable to orality and to real-time events.
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