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EEO. 2021; 20(5): 7822-7836

Shaping and Reshaping of English in Pakistan: A Multidimensional Analysis of Pakistani English Newspaper Editorials

Muhammad Ali, Dr Ahsan Bashir, Sadia Ali*, Maryam Aleem.

This study aims at analyzing the language of Pakistani English newspaper editorials (PPEs) over a period of 70 years (1947-2016). It also attempted to draw an internal comparison between the sub-registers of PPEs exploring internal linguistic variations between Eds and Op-eds during these years. A Corpus of Pakistani English Newspaper Editorials (CorPENE) was compiled and analyzed using Biberís (2006) Multidimensional Analysis (MDA) model. The study investigated the statistically significant linguistic variation between the three selected phases of PPEs and their sub-categories. The study explored four new dimensions of linguistic variation. From the results, it is evident that the language of the editorials became more opinionated over the years but at the same time it showed less argumentative, abstract and explicit discourse. The language of Op-eds became more opinionated, abstract and explicit, while it is less narrative with the passage of time. Overall, newspaper editorials (Eds) have become more opinionated and less narrative, abstract and explicit than Op-eds during the years. Towards the ends of the phases, the informational trend has largely disappeared in the language of Pakistani press editorials and Op-eds.

Key words: editorials, factor analysis, Multidimensional analysis, Op-ed, press register.

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