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Inter-/Trans-/Unidisciplinary Methods – Techniques

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Edited By Beata Ptaszyńska, Paulina Stanik and Stanisław Świtlik

Cultural historians, literary scholars and linguists have been concerned with the question of how the world can be understood and represented in text. This volume presents new questions, methods and approaches in Humanism by promoting scholarly work of young researchers who participated in the Inter-/Trans-/Unidisciplinary Methods – Techniques – Structures conference in Warsaw, Poland. In their analyses, the authors shed new light on works of literature, foreign cultures and languages of the world by adopting broad perspectives and using various methods. It contains eleven articles organized into the following parts: The World in Languages and The World in Literature.

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The Form and Function(s) of Headlines in American Music Journalism (Urszula Majdańska-Wachowicz)

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Urszula Majdańska-Wachowicz

The Form and Function(s) of Headlines in American Music Journalism

Abstract: The aim of this paper is to indicate the form and function(s) of headlines in popular music journalism. The corpus comprises 26 issues of the American print media magazine Rolling Stone (2015). Specifically, the present study is dedicated to the Reviews section since music reviews are one of the most representative aspects of music journalism. The form and style of the headlines used in music reviews seems to be similar to the conventions of traditional print media headlines. Similar to newspaper headlines, the headlines under study are multifunctional. They perform a semantic function and, more importantly, a pragmatic one. Therefore, the sender employs a variety of stylistic and rhetorical devices to attract the reader’s attention, one of them being wordplay.

Keywords: headlines, music journalism, wordplay, Rolling Stone

1 Aim of the study

The aim of the paper is to investigate some structural and functional features of headlines in American music journalism. The first part of the study focuses on the theoretical aspects of the paper. The second part explicates the data and the corpus used in the study. The third section is the analysis proper, namely, it will examine the formal and functional properties of the headlines in question. The paper concludes with a brief discussion of the most important results.

2 Theoretical framework

The notion of headline is defined...

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