Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis <p>Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis(SPDA) is a peer reviewed international journal published by Saba Publishing. The aim of the journal is to provide a venue for language researchers to share theories, views and research results in areas of Pragmatics, Discourse Analsyis, CDA, and Interlangauge Pragmatics.</p> <p><strong>Editor in Chief: <span class="_5yl5"><a href=";hl=en&amp;authuser=3" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Driss benattabou</a>, </span><span class="_5yl5">Professor, Gender Studies, Moulay Ismail University, Meknes, Morocco</span></strong><br /><strong>ISSN (online): </strong><a href="" target="_blank" rel="noopener">2709-9555</a><br /><strong>Frequency:</strong> Semiannual</p> en-US Tue, 20 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0000 OJS 60 Regional pragmatic Variation in French: A contrastive study of complaint realizations in Cameroon and France <p>This study examined and compared complaints by speakers of French in Cameroon and in France. Although complaints have been extensively analyzed, to date, little attention has been devoted to complaints across regional varieties of French. The aim of this study was to fill this knowledge and research gap by analyzing strategies used by speakers of Cameroon French and Hexagonal French to complain in three situations. The study is at the intersection of variational and postcolonial pragmatics and it is based on data provided by 20 Cameroonian and 19 French university students, who were asked to fill a DCT questionnaire. The results reveal some similarities in both French varieties regarding the use of complex complaint utterances. However, many differences were found with respect to preferences for specific complaint strategies, external modifiers, internal modification devices and address terms.</p> Bernard Mulo Farenkia Copyright (c) 2024 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis Tue, 20 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0000 THANKS AND GOODBYE: A CORPUS-ASSISTED DISCOURSE ANALYSIS ON EMOTIONAL DISTRESS IN BTS’ SUGA’S K-POP COMPOSITIONS <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mental health issues have become prevalent among music artists, more specifically among Korean pop (K-pop) idols. Bangtan Boys’ (BTS) Agust D (aka Suga), for a time adopted his </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">alter ego </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">to voice out his inner turmoil. Using corpus discourse analysis grounded on emotion-focused therapy framework, we analysed the linguistic patterns used by Agust D in his trilogy of mixtapes i.e., Agust D, D-2, and D-day released in 2016, 2020, and 2023. Findings showed his creative use of language in describing his contrasting emotions e.g., fear and anger. Linguistic evidence suggests that his anger is a primary maladaptive emotion which channelled self-criticism triggered by fear and shame, and denial of his feelings was a form of self-defence. Changes in the linguistic patterns were significant as they presented his state of mental well-being, coming to terms with his inner struggles, and fully embracing his true self. </span></p> Cherry Kit Ying Chan, Aiden Yeh Copyright (c) 2024 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis Tue, 20 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Linguistic Violence on Women: Representation of Women in Ritual Killing Discourse on Nigerian Social Media Spaces <p>Language can be used to represent people in a humiliating and defaming way that violates their humanity. In the discourse of ritual killing on social media, Nigerian women are often blamed for their misfortunes of victimization through ritual killing and are further abused verbally. This study analyzes the representation of linguistic violence on women through evaluating the discourses on ritual killings on Nigerian social media space. It adopts Norman Fairclough’s model of critical discourse analysis and qualitative research design. After observing the social media platforms in Nigeria for a period of three months, from January-March, 2022, the researcher purposively collected twenty (20) data from Facebook and twelve (12) from Twitter, but sampled ten (10) textual data from Facebook and two (2) from Twitter. Findings indicated that women are blamed and defamed in the discursive representation of ritual killings in Nigeria. By implication, the perpetrators (mostly men) are excused and the patriarchal subjugation of women are sustained. <br>Keywords: linguistic violence, critical discourse analysis, violence, ritual killing, social media</p> Vivian Ejiaso Copyright (c) 2024 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis Tue, 20 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Unlocking the Power of Language: Navigating Linguistic Diversity in Cross-Cultural Research <p>In the expansive realm of cross-cultural and intercultural research, the power of language lies in its direct and indirect influence on scholarly investigations and outcomes. This paper investigates the intricate relationship between language, culture, and interpretation. It unveils the transformative power of language in modifying communication styles, influencing study outcomes, and shaping societal perspectives. The challenges posed by diverse languages are addressed while concurrently providing valuable guidance to research enthusiasts to enhance research methods, minimize linguistic prejudice, and foster empathy within society. Through insightful instances and case studies, it vividly portrays the notable impact linguistic variations have on the communication and results of cross-cultural research while signaling potential zones for upcoming multicultural exploration regarding lingual philosophy.</p> <p> </p> Sanae Ejjebli Copyright (c) 2024 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis Wed, 21 Feb 2024 00:00:00 +0000 Culturalism and Religious fundamentalism: Lexicalisation of counter-ideologies on same-sex sexualities in selected Nigerian newspapers <p>Against the backdrop of cultural conservatism and legal restrictions on same-sex relationships, this study examines how language use foregrounds cultural and religious ideologies surrounding same-sex sexualities as depicted in selected Nigerian newspapers. Drawing on Fairclough’s approach to critical discourse analysis (CDA), the study explores how language is used to construct, represent, and perpetuate specific ideologies regarding same-sex sexualities within the Nigerian context. A total of 50 opinion articles on same-sex sexualities were randomly sampled from five purposively selected Nigerian newspapers (<em>Vanguard, The Punch, The Guardian, Nigerian Tribune </em>and<em> The Sun</em>). The newspapers were selected based on their preponderant coverage of the discourses on same-sex sexualities between 2013 and 2015. Data were subjected to critical discourse analysis. Findings reveal that different lexical strategies, such as lexical relations, repetition, negative evaluative adjectives foreground pro- and anti-culturalist ideologies as well as religious fundamentalism and secularism. The study reveals the conflicting ideologies surrounding same-sex sexualities in the Nigerian context.</p> Olubunmi Oyebanji Copyright (c) 2024 Studies in Pragmatics and Discourse Analysis Sat, 11 May 2024 00:00:00 +0000