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I need to find some general rules used in Newspaper headlines. I will use computational linguistics (nltk python library) to develop classification algorithm to distinguish news and not news by headline.

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There are recognisable differences in grammar from normal language, at least in English (eg omission of most articles) but I don't know how systematic the differences are. There are a couple of scholarly works listed in the Wikipedia article on Headlinese, but I haven't looked at them myself.

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