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Comunicación y sociedad

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NADAL PALAZON, Juan. Verdades a medias: la nominalización deverbal en los titulares periodísticos. Comun. soc [online]. 2008, n.9, pp.175-189. ISSN 0188-252X.

Deverbal nominalization, understood as the mechanism to make names out of verbs, is a characteristic feature of the journalistic language, especially within the headline's discourse. The high incidence of these forms responds to several factors (mainly pragmatic) that concur on the enunciation, such as the underlying ideology and the linguistic economy. The ideological motivation particularly stands out, since the election of nominal derivatives instead of complete sentences reveals, in many cases, the intention to omit relevant information, like the agent or the circumstances of the referred action.

Keywords : headlines; nominalization; argument reduction; pragmatics; ideology.

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