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Slovene Suplement, Vol. 15 - 2008, Suplement

From Vodnik’s “chatting with people” to the principle of the inverted pyramid: Stylistic considerations of the development of Slovenian journalistic genres

, pages: 41-58

The article attempts to determine the beginnings of an independent journalistic style in the Slovene language by means of a textual-stylistic analysis of the news in Vodnik’s paper Lublanske novice (1797–1800) and first Slovenian daily newspaper Slovenski narod (1868–1945). Lublanske novice still lacked of a specialised language tools, which would provide evidence of the development of reporting as a specific linguistic subgenre. Thus Vodnik cannot be considered the founder of the journalistic style which was only formed during the last three decades of the 19th century, when a completely new function started to emerge in the language of daily newspapers. In that period stylistic particularities developed that led to the development of a specific journalistic discourse in reporting, most evidently in the news.

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