Language in the News
Mediating Sociopolitical Crises in Nigeria
Year of Publication: 2012
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2012. 182 pp., 4 tables
ISBN 978-3-631-63354-0 hb. (Hardcover)
Weight: 0.350 kg, 0.772 lbs
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This book is a discourse-pragmatic study of media language in news headlines and leads. News is viewed as discourse in action largely influenced by some unique sociolinguistic and cultural constraints. The period between 1996 and 2002 viewed in this book as very crucial in the political development of Nigeria provided an environment that made highly critical and sensational news reports inevitable. The three most prominent Nigerian urban newsmagazines namely Newswatch, Tell and TheNews referred to as 'radical press,' are viewed as adopting a people-oriented approach to confront perpetrators of social unrests and political scandals in Nigeria, especially military dictators and corrupt politicians. In a wide range of stylistic variations, lexico-semantic and grammatical strategies that produced highly sensational headlines and overlines, the news conveyed clearly marked ideologically significant representations of people and situations. Thus, in the context of Nigerian English, certain culture-specific items of discourse are foregrounded in the news to resist corruption and political power abuse.
Contents: Political and sociolinguistic contexts of the Nigerian press - Register in the news, theoretical approaches to analyzing media discourse, lexico-semantic and graphological features of news - Syntactic structures in news reports - Literary devices in news reports - Discursive pragmatics of headlines, overlines and leads.
About the author(s)/editor(s)
Innocent Chiluwa is a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics in the Department of Languages, Covenant University, Ota (Nigeria). He has published scholarly articles in leading international journals in this field, e.g. Discourse & Society, Discourse Studies, Discourse & Communication, Journal of Multicultural Discourses, Journal of Language of Politics etc. He is the author of Labeling and Ideology in the Press (Peter Lang) and co-editor of Computer-Mediated Discourse in Africa (Nova Science).