Illocutionary Acts in the December 2020 Press Release by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian University


    This paper examines illocutionary acts in a press conference of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria. It explores the illocutionary mappings such as; representatives, commissives, expressive, declaratives and directives to determine how such pragmatic inferences make or mar the success of language use. The study was carried out through the examination of the Text of Press Conference of ASUU on the 23rd of December, 2020 which formed the corpus for the study. The choice of the data selected was informed by the need to capture excerpts of language use by ASUU at the peak of the industrial action it embarked upon in that year which affected staff and students of most Nigerian Universities The results of the findings showed that the speaker made remarkable use of the illocutionary mappings exemplified by ‘expressives’ illocutions more frequently than the others. The use of expressives was more realized in the text to indicate that the speaker used emotional appeal to persuade his members who are his co-equals.

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    author/Salisu Mohammed Raj

    journal/Zamfara IJOH Vol. 1 Issue 1 & 2