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This paper examines the paratextual structure of news texts, i.e., the headline system (superheadline, main headline, and subheadline) and the lead. In the first part of the paper T. A. van Dijk's interdisciplinary theory (1988) of "news in the press" is reviewed with special reference to the status and function assigned to the paratext. In the second part of the paper, an alternative theoretical framework is presented. The fundamental hypothesis of this theory is that the paratextual units of news texts constitute a coherent and relatively autonomous microsystem, despite certain structural and functional differences, and that this microsystem is placed as a text strategic field (threshold) between the sender and receiver of news text. Appended are samples of news text to illustrate the theory. (Author/JP)

Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Foreign Countries, Headlines, Linguistic Theory, News Writing, Newspapers, Text Structure

Autor: Frandsen, Finn


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