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DISCURSIVE STRATEGIES IN THE COMMENTS OF SELECTED STAKEHOLDERS ON THE 2013 ACADEMIC STAFF UNION OF UNIVERSITIES (ASUU) STRIKE IN NIGERIA

Authors

Olutoke Dotun, Department of English, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife,

Published

© Ife Studies in English Language Vol. 12 (1) 2016, pp. 48-68

Language

English

Abstract:

This study investigates the significant discursive strategies employed by selected stakeholders on the 2013 Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike in Nigeria. Data for the study comprised 25 selected news reports, featured articles and opinion columns that were published in two prominent Nigerian newspapers – The Nation and The Punch – between July and December, 2013. Fairclough’s (1992) A Social Theory of Discourse was employed for the analysis of the data. The findings of the study reveal that the stakeholders used discourse strategies such as appeal, threat, exaggeration, comparison, name-calling, reference to past dates and the use of figures and percentages to project ideological orientations, power relations and other social practices in the conflict discourse. The study concludes that the ASUU strike is a unique form of industrial dispute discourse that reveals manipulative tendencies, power relations as well as diverse conflicting ideologies and interests.

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