ERIC Number: ED252829
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Coping with Newspaper Syntax: Reading Strategies for L1 and L2 Learners.
Both sentence length and sentence complexity of various kinds of newspaper prose were examined in a study to determine (1) ways newspaper prose differs from the prose of books native English speaking students chose to read and enjoy reading and (2) whether there are features of newspaper prose other than vocabulary and a lack of international news keeping advanced second language students from reading the news. A random sample of 100 sentences each was taken from two major Philadelphia newspapers, along with a sample of 100 sentences each from two of the major international wire services. In addition, a random sample of 25 sentences each was taken from a sample of 8 books chosen by community college students. These sentences were then compared for sentence length and syntactic constructions, first to identify the differences between them, and second to formulate reading strategies to cope with the special problems presented by the newspaper prose. The analysis revealed that newspaper syntax differed from the book prose in the number rather than the kind of construction, with each construction appearing more frequently in the newspaper prose. Taken as a group, however, the constructions resulted in systematically different sentences. (The paper includes a listing of reading strategies for reading the newspaper. The appendixes list the sample methodology and the book prose samples.) (HOD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (Toronto, Canada, March 15-20, 1983).