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Title: A Comparative Study of PostmodifiersUsed in Business News in LeadingNewspapers in Thailand, USA and UK
Authors: Boonpattanaporn, Pornpan 
Issue Date: 2012
Publisher: Chulalongkorn University Printing House
University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce
Source: Pornpan Boonpattanaporn (2012) A Comparative Study of PostmodifiersUsed in Business News in LeadingNewspapers in Thailand, USA and UK. University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Journal Vol.32 No.4.
Journal: University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce Journal 
Abstract: Reading business news becomes a part of work in the business sector as it is the main source of current business situations, which in turn affect decision making. However, most sentences written in business news are long and complicated, which can cause difficulty for readers. Part of the complexity of sentences comes from the postmodifiers used. One hundred and twenty business news stories from the Bangkok Post, The Nation, USA Today, and The Guardian were investigated to find out types of sentences as well as types and functions of postmodifiers frequently used in business news. Patterns of postmodifiers were also investigated to find out frequency of use in business news. The study revealed that complex sentences were used most frequently in the Bangkok Post, USA Today and The Guardian while simple sentences were used most frequently in The Nation. Prepositional phrases modifying noun phrases were used at the highest level in simple, complex, and compound-complex sentences in all newspapers studied. In compound sentences, prepositional phrases modifying noun phrases were used most frequently in the Bangkok Post, The Nation and USA Today while compound sentences in The Guardian included prepositional phrases modifying verb phrases at the highest percentage. Regarding patterns of postmodifiers, news writers tended to place both phrase and clause postmodifiers, which occurred in series and included other types of embedded postmodifiers, in the predicate part more than in the subject part. Simple and complex sentences contained more varieties of postmodifiers than compound, and compound-complex sentences. Even though each news writer has his or her writing style and preference for postmodifiers, the Bangkok Post news writers and foreign news writers tended to have similar ways of using postmodifiers. Teachers teaching business English should familiarize students with frequently used and uncommon characteristics of postmodifiers in business news. Selecting business news should be done with care, suiting the level of language complexity to students' English capabilities.
URI: https://scholar.utcc.ac.th/handle/6626976254/310
ISSN: 0125-2437
Rights: This work is protected by copyright. Reproduction or distribution of the work in any format is prohibited without written permission of the copyright owner.
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