The effects of changing cultures and contexts on the style and content of "Fair Lady" magazine articles

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dc.contributor.advisor Dr. Moyra Sweetman Evans en_US Chweidan, Jodi 2011-11-21T07:59:08Z 2011-11-21T07:59:08Z 2011-11-21 2000
dc.description M.A. en_US
dc.description.abstract While linguistic theorists have been grappling with the intricacies of language for many years and a myriad of theories on the production of speech has graced the intellectual world, most theorists over this time have come to agree on one thing, and that is that language is inextricably linked to culture (esp. Sapir Whorf; Halliday). One of the implications herein is that if language and culture are linked, then as society changes, so too does language change with it. The changes can be as severe as a complete language system or changes to vocabulary, so that what is true for a language at one point in time may differ with changes to that society over time. The relationship between language and culture is a two-way one: language is affected by the culture of a society (in such a way that it is possible to see how changes in that society have affected language), and it is also possible to make deductions about the culture of the society by looking at the changes in the language it speaks. . Inferences about the readership can be made from clues that the writer unwittingly provides in the form of cultural conventions. These conventions (which are evident in the text) are used by the writer knowingly or unknowingly because the writer writes in a specific sociocultural context and therefore shares the cultural conventions with the readers. Different reading types- i.e. point-driven or information driven- are also indicative of the readership, and the features common to each are exclusive and are exploited by the writer for relating to his/her specific readership. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject Women periodicals en_US
dc.subject Language and culture en_US
dc.subject Fair Lady (Magazine) en_US
dc.title The effects of changing cultures and contexts on the style and content of "Fair Lady" magazine articles en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US

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