A Pragma-semantic Survey of Newspapers and Academic Publication’s Portrayal of People with Mental Disorder


  • Maryam Nanman Julde-Adura Department of Research and General Studies, NTA Television College, Jos
  • Blessing Vou Dakat Department of English, University of Jos


Media, Mental Disorder, Pragma-semantics, Systemic Functional Linguistics


Previous studies have shown that the language use has had adverse effects on levels of tolerance for people with mental illness. New research suggests even subtle differences in how the society refers to people with mental illness can affect levels of tolerance. Granello submits that everyone, including the media, policymakers and the general public, need to change how they refer to people with mental illness (18). It is based on this premise that the present study surveys ways in which the media/academic practitioners portray people with mental illness and its perception from a pragma-semantic point of view. The main objective of the study is to ascertain the intention that underlie the language choices in referring to people with mental
illness. The research is qualitative as it collects data from selected newspapers and academic publications including completed research works of post-graduate students of the University of Jos that discuss the subject matter. The data are analysed using pragmatic/semantic tools such as implicatures, presupposition, politeness principle, ambiguity and vagueness. The work adopts the tenets of systemic functional linguistics as its theoretical framework for analysis. The study concludes that language should not only be viewed in terms of political correctness but be humane and accommodating in order to achieve our communicative intentions


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A Pragma-semantic Survey of Newspapers and Academic Publication’s Portrayal of People with Mental Disorder. (2019). International Journal of Research and Scholarly Communication, 2(Special). https://royalliteglobal.com/ijoras/article/view/664

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