ERIC Number: ED337840
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Oct
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Oral History Lives: A Content Analysis of Newspaper Use of Language.
Thompson, David R.
A study examined the "oral" vocabulary used by newspapers over a 100-year period. Approximately 8,000 sentences containing about 200,000 words were chosen at random from the front pages of "The New York Times" and "The Los Angeles Times" for the period 1890-1989. Specific vocabularies were constructed for "oral" words (including announced, discussion, said), "print" words (ballot, law, note, and wrote), and "education" words (including college, diploma, education, and professor). These target words were identified and tallied using GENCA, a computerized content analysis program. Results indicated that over the 100-year period, "oral" and "education" words were used more frequently, and that "print" words were used less frequently. What happens to journalistic interest in education when society is oriented to oral communication? Findings suggest that oral communication is pervasive in current mass-mediated society. (Three frequency graphs are included; 18 references and the list of vocabulary words are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Journalism Research
Note: Paper presented at the Southwest Symposium, Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication (Corpus Christi, TX, October 6-7, 1991).