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Editorial Board       p-ISSN 2308-4944 (print)       e-ISSN 2409-0085 (online)
SOI: 1.1/TAS         DOI: 10.15863/TAS

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ISJ Theoretical & Applied Science 08(124) 2023

Philadelphia, USA

* Scientific Article * Impact Factor 6.630

Nakhutsrishvili, E.

The Use of Active and Passive Voice in Media Language (Based on Newspaper Headlines).

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Language: English

Citation: Nakhutsrishvili, E. (2023). The Use of Active and Passive Voice in Media Language (Based on Newspaper Headlines). ISJ Theoretical & Applied Science, 08 (124), 47-51. Soi: Doi:

Pages: 47-51

Published: 30.08.2023

Abstract: Media is considered to be the source of the latest information. It is used to manipulate the society and make psychological impact. Media language has always attracted the attention of linguists, particularly applied linguists and sociolinguists. Due to this greatest interest, we have decided to look into media language, actually, to find out the newspaper headlines containing active and passive voice constructions. In addition, our goal was to reveal some peculiarities of newspaper headlines in terms of passive voice utilization. The paper also emphasizes the preferable assignment of passive voice and its impact on readers. For our study, we have collected articles from the following papers: The Independent, The New York Times, The Washington Post and The Guardian. According to the research findings, it becomes obvious that most of the newspaper headlines contain active or passive voice forms, but it is worth mentioning that many of them use passive voice constructions. The study also examines how the use of passive voice affects readers' attitudes towards some issues. The use of passive voice can lead to ambiguity, affecting the clarity of meaning by hiding the identity of the doer of the action. However, being vague about the doer of the action is primarily deliberate news to serve particular purposes. The analysis of results also reveals that the use of passive voice can contribute actively to changing the attitudes and views of the recipients. Therefore, newspaper headlines are quite tricky. They can also be a great way to study the passive voice.

Key words: media language, newspaper headlines, active and passive voice, peculiarities, ambiguity, linguistic features.








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