SYSTEMIC FUNCTIONAL LINGUISTICS OF POLITICAL ARTICLES IN EASTERN AND WESTERN ONLINE NEWS

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Ali Hussein Abdulameer
Siti Noor Fazelah Mohd Noor
Wisam Khalis Nasser

Keywords

Political discourse, Transitivity analysis, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Eastern and Western online news, Al Jazeera and The Guardian

Abstract

Purpose of study: Political discourse causes a large attendance, due to their influence on economic, cultural and societal. The current study investigates 80 political articles in Eastern and Western online news by applied transitivity analysis under the systemic functional study by (Halliday and Matthiessen, 2014).


Methodology: The study employs qualitative analysis the systemic functional linguistics with Critical discourse analysis to find out the answers for the next two questions: First, How the transitivity process recognizes the experiential meaning in the social actor's discourse in the Western and Eastern online news? Second, what are the differences or similarities in the social actor's discourse in Eastern and Western online news? The documentation method uses to collect data from the two online newspapers, from Eastern (Al JAZEERA) and from Western news (THE GUARDIAN) from 6th December 2017 to 13th May 2018.


Main Findings: The main findings show that verbal processes, is most predominant in social actors discourse in Eastern especially Turkish’s president mostly used the processes and in Western France president mostly used transitivity processes in online news and followed by relational, and mental.


Implications/Applications: On the basis of the study, can be better to understand the thinking manner and cultural features and the attitudes and judgments of the political in East and West.


Originality/Novelty of Study: Many Researchers like Naz, Alvi, and Baseer (2012), Farhat (2016) and Xiaowan (2018) utilized transitivity processes to study political discourse. The researcher can’t find any study employs Transitivity processes to investigate the political articles in Eastern and Western online news consider Trump’s decision after declared Jerusalem as Israel capital on 6th December 2017.  

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