International Journal of English Literature and Culture

International Journal of English Literature and Culture

Vol. 3(3), pp. 76-84,  March, 2015

 ISSN: 2360-7831

DOI: 10.14662/IJELC2015.016

Review Paper

Language and Ideology in the Media: A Study of Nigerian Newspaper Editorials


Olusegun O. Jegede


Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria


Accepted 14 March 2015




This paper examines the use of processes in the editorials of Nigerian print media to achieve a meaningful and effective communication. The paper derives its theoretical framework from Halliday’s (1994) and Eggin’s (2004) Systemic Functional Linguistic theory, with a focus on the ideational metafunction. The study specifically identifies and categorise the types of processes that help in the realisation of the messages of the selected editorials. The messages are interpreted according to the identified process options and related to the ideological opinions expressed in the editorials. The study reveals that editorials help to articulate a better understanding of the news media and the unique use of language and text. It further reveals that editorials express different process types, which are used to describe or make references to authorities in the nation, citizens, social bodies, political and social values, education, unemployment, the economy and the world as a whole. It also revealed that editors use these process types in editorials to make appeal to relevant authorities to proffer solutions to certain problems. The paper concludes that the systemic functional linguistic (SFL) analytical framework makes it possible for the readers of editorials to bring out deeper nuances of meaning from the editorials.

Keywords: Editorials, Systemic Functional Linguistic, Transitivity, Ideology, Media, Communication


Cite This Article As: Jegede OO (2015). Language and Ideology in the Media: A Study of Nigerian Newspaper Editorials. J. Eng. Lit. Cult. 3(3): 76-84



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