AUTHOR: ISIAKA, Lasisi Adeiza
FROM: THE DIGNITY OF A FRENCH TEACHER: CELEBRATING PROF. JULIE AGBASIERE
This paper critically explores the fine nuances of linguistic habituses and voices as prominent resources for discursive errandry in a column of a Nigerian national daily – ‘Snooping Around’ in The Nation Newspaper. In its theoretical concerns, it opts to foreground the articulatory possibility of Bernstein’s concepts of habitus and voice as explanatory logics in critical social science; and their linguistic shades of discursive errandry in order to explain the socio-political motivation for textual production and other intertextual affiliations. The analysis opens up the dialectic outcome of how the hybrid instantiation of different linguistic genres are being effectively deployed in the Nigerian mass-mediated discourse. These include the extent to which the forms and the content of such discourse, and its participants can successfully sponsor the ideological intents of its producers (writer and the media institution).
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