Wordplay and football : Humour in the discourse of written sports reporting



Year of publication 2017
Type Chapter of a book
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description The chapter is a case study describing the coverage of events involving the England football team in the British mainstream media. It provides a stylistic account of humorous phenomena identified in the media reports, with a focus on wordplay in headlines and the creative use of verbal and visual means on the frontpages of British daily newspapers. The chapter argues that while printed sports reporting does not constitute a genre of humour, the treatment of the subject matter often involves instances of verbal and multimodal play that makes the texts lively and entertaining.
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