A Corpus-Based Study on the Differences of Chinese and American Online English Sports News Headlines from the Perspective of Cross-Cultural Communication

Wenhua Hu, Mei Guo


The present study generalizes the features of online American sports news headlines through the corpus and compares them with the English sports news headlines written by Chinese journalists, aiming to provide some references for the Chinese official websites to help reader better understand the content and therefore improve English skills. The present study first reviews the relevant theories on news headlines and then establishes a corpus with 248 headlines by collecting 10 days’ (1 Feb. 2013 ~ 10 Feb. 2013) sports news headlines from the Xinhua and Yahoo website. After finding the Yahoo online English sports news headlines’ characteristics in lexicology, grammar and rhetoric, the author at last searches the disparities in English headlines written by Chinese due to the different thinking models, language skills and culture of sports, and provides some suggestions for improvement from the perspective of cross-cultural communication.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5539/ijel.v3n5p87

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