Martin Luginbühl

Genre profiles and genre change. The case of TV news

1 Introduction

There is a broad consensus in genre studies from the “new rhetoric” as well in the “Textlinguistik” tradition of German linguistics that genre change is linked to social change.132 Despite the fact that this relation between genre change and social change is pretty complex, changes on the micro level of genre styles are quite often related directly (and sometimes rather recklessly) to the macro level of national or even global cultures.133 In TV news studies, genre styles of single TV news shows are often conveyed as characteristics of an entire national TV news style or even as characteristics of a national populace; sometimes the characteristics of (mostly ...

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