The illocutionary acts of persuasive articles on environment in U.S. Online Newspapers

Dewi, Diana (2017) The illocutionary acts of persuasive articles on environment in U.S. Online Newspapers. Masters thesis, Widya Mandala Catholic University Surabaya.

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Abstract

Despite its pervasiveness in daily communication, persuasion has been acknowledged as a challenging and demanding task, particularly when it is carried out through the written forms. The difficulties even increase when the purpose of such persuasive discourse is to persuade people to take environmental action. In view of this, the present study sought to study persuasive strategies in opinion articles that talk about climate change, published in five U.S. online news sites. Applying the speech act theory, this study conducted a textual analysis on the 10 selected articles to identify the types of illocutionary act and illocutionary force indicators that were used by the writers to achieve persuasion. As expected, the results revealed that the writers had mostly used indirect illocutionary acts, particularly assertives, to persuade readers. Then, to indicate illocutionary forces, they had mainly employed implicit indicators. At the same time, the findings also indicated that directness or explicitness is also necessary to achieve persuasion. There were a considerable number of direct or directive acts and explicit indicators found in the articles. Due to these, the study finally establishes that, in writing persuasive texts, persuasive writers need to carry out a balancing act. They need to create a balance between explicitness and implicitness to achieve persuasion success.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Persuasion, illocutionary acts, illocutionary force indicators, explicitness, implicitness
Subjects: English Education
English Education > Philology. Linguistics
Divisions: Graduate School > Master Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
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Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2018 04:31
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2018 04:31
URI: http://repository.wima.ac.id/id/eprint/14714

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