International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)

International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR)
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Analysis Study Research Paper | Language Research | Thailand | Volume 11 Issue 12, December 2022


An Analysis of Grammatical Characteristics and Lexical Features of Online News Headlines in English Language Newspapers

Supanee Wannakan


Abstract: Owing to the advent of the Internet, nowadays traditional newspapers are accessible anywhere online and become print-media-turn-online. This is a cause for concern about the declining circulation of traditional newspapers in print. This study aims to investigate grammatical characteristics and lexical features of 525 online news headlines of the Bangkok Post website, and to compare the grammatical characteristics and lexical features of online news headlines with headlines on the same issue which were published in printed version. The analysis of sample headlines reveals that both online headlines and headlines in print are mainly in the simple sentence structure using the present simple tense followed by headlines of other constructions. Regarding the lexical features of lexicon in both types of headlines, they employ short words such as abbreviations, acronyms and clippings. In addition to this, they employ various stylistic devices, foreign words, idioms and expressions, jargon and reporting verbs. As for the comparison of online news headlines and headlines in print reporting the same issue, the online news headlines are generally longer than the headlines in print. This is because they are different in grammatical structures, lexicons and details. Generally speaking, the print-media-turn-online maintains the writing style that is up to journalism standards.


Keywords: Online News Headlines, Grammar of Online News Headlines, Lexical Features of Online News Headlines, English News Headlines, Print News Headlines and Online News Headlines


Edition: Volume 11 Issue 12, December 2022,


Pages: 1111 - 1116


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