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dc.contributor.author Hangalo, Saara N.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-06-11T12:52:08Z
dc.date.available 2019-06-11T12:52:08Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11070/2544
dc.description A thesis submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirement for the Degree of Master of Arts in English Studies en_US
dc.description.abstract The focus of this study was to analyse deictic referencing in editorials, and particularly, the way in which the editor employed five types of deixis in 30 selected editorials published between June 2016 and June 2017 in The Namibian newspaper. Additionally, the study pursued to identify the predominant deictic referencing and its contribution to cohesion and coherence in the text. This was a qualitative, desktop research in which the process of data analysis involved organising the editorials as raw data for categorisation, based on the types of deixis, namely person, place or spatial, time or temporal, discourse and social. The data analysis was informed by the Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) theoretical framework. The CDA seeks to understand how and why certain texts affect readers and hearers. Therefore, this theory was found appropriate for this study as it sought an understanding of the use of language in communication by means of deictic referencing. The non-random sampling technique was employed purposively to select 30 of 50 editorials, while textual analysis was considered the appropriate method for this study. The findings revealed that the five types of deixis were employed in all the sampled editorials. The study found that person deixis in the editorials was achieved through the first, second and third person pronouns. On the other hand, time or temporal deixis was achieved by means of deictic words. However, place or spatial deixis, achieved by means of adverbs and demonstrative pronouns, stood out as being frequently employed in order to locate both writer and addressee in space and identify the direction of motion towards or away from the place of the inscription event. It was also discovered that discourse deixis was achieved by means of this, these and that, whereas, social deixis was achieved by means of relational and absolute social deixis. The study concludes that the editor’s employment of deictic referencing intended to facilitate the reader’s understanding of phrases or words that could not be fully understood without additional, textual information. This study provides readers with an idea of the way in which the communication of editorials can be understood more clearly by means of deixis. This suggests that writers should strongly consider the audience whenever they employ deictic referencing. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher University of Namibia en_US
dc.title A critical analysis of deictic referencing: A case study of selected editorials in the Namibian newspaper en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US


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