A Critical Discourse Analysis of Pakistani Newspapers Editorials in Coronavirus Pandemic

  • Nayab Waqas Khan University of Management and Technology
  • Mehak Muneer
  • Huma Iqbal
Keywords: Critical Discourse Analysis, Newspaper, Coronavirus, Pandemic

Abstract

This research explores Pakistani newspapers Editorials’ lexical, morphological, and social aspects of the coronavirus Pandemic in Pakistan under the light of the Critical Discourse Analysis angle. The focal idea is to discover the etymological decision and rhetorical questions utilized in a revealing pandemic, and how did the columnists shape readers' minds and thoughts through their words. The CDA has been used as a theoretical framework for analyzing the data. Information for this examination includes 15 Editorial randomly gathered from 100 newspapers in Pakistan. Results demonstrated the exploitation of terminologies has been shown inconvenience, fear of contagious disease, death, fear of touching, and outbreak among people. The bogus information was additionally found in newspapers. Contradiction among newspapers was found while presenting data. This social change brings ultimately a linguistic change in the world. The English language is the language of overcoming gaps among nations, but this time it had correspondingly ushered in a new vocabulary to the general populace. For instance, new vocabulary, acronyms, synonyms, compounding, etc. Social change is parallel to linguistic change, and it is a paramount theme of lexicography. The local newspapers advocated a massive outbreak of the coronavirus and expected a second wave of this pandemic that was frustrating for the educational sector on top. The newspaper editors manipulate thoughts through forceful lexis usage to influence the thought, and opinions of Pakistani people.

Published
2021-03-07
How to Cite
Nayab Waqas Khan, Mehak Muneer, & Huma Iqbal. (2021). A Critical Discourse Analysis of Pakistani Newspapers Editorials in Coronavirus Pandemic. Research Journal of Social Sciences and Economics Review (RJSSER), 2(1), 144-153. https://doi.org/10.36902/rjsser-vol2-iss1-2021(144-153)