Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis <p>Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis(SPDA) is a peer reviewed international journal published by Saba Publishing. The aim of the journal is to provide a venue for language researchers to share theories, views and research results in areas of Pragmatics, Discourse Analsyis, CDA, and Interlangauge Pragmatics.</p> <p><strong>Editor in Chief: Dr. <span class="_5yl5"><a class="docTitle" title="" href=";partnerID=5ESL7QZV&amp;md5=59d5e97248a907b4e579946dd415784a">Naimah Ahmad </a><a class="docTitle" title="" href=";partnerID=5ESL7QZV&amp;md5=59d5e97248a907b4e579946dd415784a">Al-Ghamdi</a></span></strong><br /><strong>ISSN (online): </strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2709-9555</a><br /><strong>Frequency:</strong> Semiannual</p> SABA Publishing en-US Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 2709-9555 Gendered Discourses in Moroccan EFL Textbooks: A Critical Discourse Analysis <p>The general objective of this paper is to examine the problem of gender inequality in Moroccan textbooks of English as a foreign language (MEFL). Nine MEFL textbooks published and sponsored by the Ministry of Education in Morocco have been sampled to serve this purpose. The written discourse of these textbooks has been examined employing Van Dijk (1995, 2001); Wodak (2001); and Fairclough’s (1989) theoretical framework of Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA). The results of this inquiry do suggest that much remains to be done regarding the predominance of male-centered patterns characterizing the discoursal practices of these textbooks. There is a general tendency to depict women as subservient housewives, subordinate, disempowered, marginalized, silenced, and even excluded from the written text. Their portrayal is sill connected with less intelligence, lack of independence, submissiveness, and social inferiority. The sampled textbooks are fraught with myriad instances of power relations of dominance and hegemony, thereby accentuating the gender gap between the two sex groups to men’s favor.</p> Driss Benattabou Copyright (c) 2020 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 2020-12-31 2020-12-31 1 1 1 19 10.48185/spda.v1i1.62 Drafting the Discourse Structures of the Graduate School Academic Colloquium <p class="abstract">Using the data transcriptions from the communicative events obtained from four participating universities, 33 graduate students, and 26 panel of experts, this paper examines several colloquium events in the Philippines to identify any existing “global” structure of discourse categorized into semantic and schematic superstructures (van Dijk, 1980). Results show that the semantic macrostructure of a colloquium is reflective of its collective goal, and that the participants focus on the improvement of graduate students’ paper. In addition, the discourse of the colloquium has a stable schematic superstructure that is always followed in realizing the collaborative end of the colloquium. Each phase consists of both obligatory and optional features that define/reflect the institution’s identity and practice. Understanding these structures may help candidates of graduate school degrees surpass the challenging task of writing theses and dissertations with an advantage.</p> Joan C. Ravago Gina O. Gonong Joel M. Torres Copyright (c) 2020 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 2020-12-31 2020-12-31 1 1 20 36 10.48185/spda.v1i1.86 CAPTURING THE FRAMES OF NEWS STORY LEADS IN PHILIPPINE DAILIES: A DISCOURSE ANALYSIS <p>Using 31 news leads found in news articles published in Philippines newspapers – three broadsheets and one tabloid – the present study describes the news leads’ organizational structure and identifies the shared cultural context evoked by the news leads. The analysis of the news discourse employed Bhatia’s (1993) genre analysis focusing on communicative purpose, and Simpson’s (2000) physical structure analysis. The study revealed that the genre of journalism, specifically the 31 news leads, fulfilled its main communicative purpose - which is to convey information - through Direct, Summary, or Conventional lead. The leads are characterized by brevity and directness with adherence to the ideal length consisting of 35-word limit in both broadsheet newspaper and tabloid newspaper. The result implied that writing pattern or written discourse is influenced by the culture of specific genre. The result manifested that Filipinos are capable of adaptation to rules in a particular genre. The study served as an avenue in finding out the conclusion that digressiveness, which is a characteristic of writings of Oriental writers, is not always evident in the discourse of newspaper compositions of Filipino writers. This study maybe helpful to researchers who wish to analyze culture through discourse analysis using a specific genre.</p> Emily T. Astrero Joel M. Torres Copyright (c) 2020 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 2020-12-31 2020-12-31 1 1 37 46 10.48185/spda.v1i1.87 A Stylistic Analysis of Some Linguistic Devices in Newspaper Headlines: Nigerian Newspapers as A Case Study <p><em>Media houses have played significant roles in national development. They, among other roles, serve as the intermediary between the government and the masses. The choice they make in their reportage begins from the headlines which may or may not outrightly show the direction of the news. The study examines the linguistic features of the news headlines on fuel subsidy removal and electricity tariff hike in Nigeria. Register analysis is the theory adopted to carry out the study. This is to enable us consider the functions of the chosen linguistic items within the social setting; find out the similarities and differences that exist among the headlines in terms of how they are structured and point out the implied meaning in them. This study, among other findings, reveals that most of the newspaper headlines on fuel subsidy removal and electricity tariff hike relied heavily on positive adjectives to palatably present government policies, actions and steps to the masses. This paper suggests that researchers could adopt Speech Act Theory to analyse the newspaper headlines on fuel subsidy removal and electricity tariff hike so as to find out what journalists are doing with words.</em></p> Folorunso Oloruntobi Copyright (c) 2020 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 2020-12-31 2020-12-31 1 1 47 57 10.48185/spda.v1i1.75 Polarised Facebook Discourse on Anglophone Nationalism in Cameroon <p>Technological advances have decentralised public communication through networked digital communication. The present paper seeks to critically analyze Facebook contradictory discourses and conversations on the future of the English-speaking regions of Cameroon. In November 2016, the Anglophone population engaged in civil disobedience against the Government of Cameroon over nonchalant attitude towards its predicament or refusal to address its grievances. Focus is on trolls and polarized conversations and discourses made by Anglophone activists on Facebook regarding the socio-political crisis troubling Cameroon since the end of the year 2016. Using Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) as a methodological and theoretical approach, this study shows that there are two opposing views on Facebook: the separatists’ and the pro-unionists’ positions. On the one hand, the separatist activists through their Facebook posts discourse repudiate the pan-Cameroonian identity which they associate with francophonisation and cultural assimilation, and promote a separate Anglophone nationalism. On the other hand, the pro-unity Anglophone activists defend national unity and reject the secessionist discourse, thereby reproducing and expressing their adherence to the Pan-Cameroonian identity. This study will try to go beyond linguistic elements analysis to include a systematic construction of the historical and political, sociological and/or psychological dimension in the analysis and interpretation of specific texts/discourse.</p> Herbert Rostand Ngouo Copyright (c) 2020 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis 2020-12-31 2020-12-31 1 1 58 76 10.48185/spda.v1i1.77