A Contrastive Analysis of American English and Philippine English News Leads

Leah E. Gustilo

Date of publication:

December 31, 2002


This paper presents an analysis of American and Philippine English news leads. This study of one week's news leads of six leading American and Philippine newspapers over internet online publications shows that there is no significant difference in the number of words used between the two Englishes. Moreover, both samples demonstrate similar preference for summary lead with who, what, and when as the most frequently used elements and who as the heavily used starting element. The recurrent patterns of similarities may be attributed to the tendency of Philippine writers to adhere to the expectations of international journalism as propagated by European and American journalists or as a trace of American influence in the Philippine educational system.