National Cohesion, Democratic Consolidation and the Challenges of Hate Speech in Nigeria

Ugwu, Justus C. (2017) National Cohesion, Democratic Consolidation and the Challenges of Hate Speech in Nigeria. Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu.

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The governing argument of this paper has been that while the Arewa Youths frame the Igbo negatively, they do so through distortion of ‘fact’. When fact is distorted to insult a racial, ethnic or political group, a clear case of hate speech is established. If ‘fact’ were overtly distorted, the text consumer’s attention would easily be drawn to it but it isn’t so. This accounts for the holistic attention that the present work accords it. Five frames of the Igbo and a frame of the Northern leaders are identified in the text. Each of these frames is erected through the employment of varying degrees of pragmatic strategies and practs realized through various speech acts. Eight pragmatic strategies are utilized in assembling different frames of the Igbo in the text: Self Relegation and Positive Projection (SRPP), Agency Generalization (AG), Blunt Condemnation (BC), Binary Identity Construction (BIC), Appeal to Emotion (AE), Evocation of Antecedent (EA), Negative Labeling (NL) Strategic Role Allocation to Self (SRAS) and Tension Activation (TA). The text play up a preponderance of Assertive, Verdictive and Performative utterances as the Arewa Youths continue to give information, accuse and pass judgment on the Igbo through deployment of material process verbs in activating agency status for the Igbo where there is heavy lexicalization belonging to the semantic field of violence.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Management and Social Sciences
Depositing User: miss ifeoma agbo
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2019 13:27
Last Modified: 24 Apr 2019 13:27

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