A Contrastive Analysis of English and Persian Newspaper Headlines

| January 8, 2014

April 2007. Volume 2 Issue 1

Title
A Contrastive Analysis of English and Persian Newspaper Headlines

Author
Farzaneh Khodabandeh
Mobarakeh Payame Noor University, Iran

Bio Data:
Farzaneh Khodabadeh has been teaching English for 10 years at schools and 4 years at university. She has a Master’s in Teaching English from Isfahan University in Iran. She is currently teaching Discourse Analysis, Testing and Research Methods at Mobarakeh University. Her areas of research include Discourse Analysis. She has written 5 articles and published two books – Pre-intermediate College English and Intermediate College English

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Abstract
Considering the absence of contrasting English and Persian newspaper headlines, the present study was an attempt to conduct a contrastive analysis between the newspaper headlines of English and Persian languages in order to find the major similarities and differences between them. The analysis was based on a one-week corpus of the headlines of English and Persian languages. Utilizing CA, the researcher analyzed the variability of syntactic and lexical features across and within the English and Persian newspaper headlines. It was concluded that the headlines of English and Persian languages were similar in using dynamic verbs, active voice, short words, declarative sentences, finite clauses, and simple sentences and different in the use of tense forms, headline types, modification, and omission of words. This study has pedagogical implications for teaching journalistic English and translation.

Keywords: Contrastive analysis, headlines, syntactic and lexical features.

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Category: 2007