Swedish advertising language in Finland mirrored by the newspaper advertisements of the Stockmanns department store during the 20th century

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Title: Swedish advertising language in Finland mirrored by the newspaper advertisements of the Stockmanns department store during the 20th century
Author: Tandefelt, Marika
Belongs to series: 535
ISSN: 0357-4598
ISBN: 978-951-555-980-7
Abstract: The advertising business is often said to favour a modern, innovative language use. This is a statement not easily verified. Newspaper ads are in fact the genre of written language that linguists have paid the least attention to. People writing texts for newspaper ads are individuals representing contemporary language use. Advertisements representing different periods therefore diverge not only regarding the change of style and form advertising undergoes over time, but changes in the language itself also reflect the continuous process of alteration in a speech community.
Advertisements and marketing material on the whole, are also read by many individuals who otherwise are not accustomed to reading at all. The marketing manager, the copywriter and the Art Director, in other words, produce texts that unconsciously function as language models. Changes are not created by, or urged on by linguistic expertise, but by ordinary users confronting other ordinary users. From a sociolinguistic perspective the widely diffused advertising language is therefore a most influential factor.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10227/457
Date: 2009-11-09
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