The Use of Clause Relations in Nigerian Television Broadcast Media

Jauro, Luka Barnabas; Ngamsa, John; Teneke, Gabriel Gladston; Wada, Richard Sylvester
December 2012
British Journal of Arts & Social Sciences;2012, Vol. 11 Issue 1, p43
Academic Journal
This study investigated clause relations in Nigerian Television Broadcast Media. A clause relation is a cognitive process whereby the meaning of a sentence or group of sentences is interpreted in the light of its adjoining sentence to signal appropriate information in texts. They serve to link ideas in media discourse particularly in television broadcast. It aimed at examining the characteristic clause relations used as text creating linguistic features in Media discourse. The corpus consists of eight bulletins from 2 television stations. The method of data analysis was descriptive. A random sampling was used in the collection of data. The findings show that clause relations are significant features of broadcast news report. Specifically, the Logical sequence relations are used in the texts to show the cause of an action. The study recommends that neophytes in the academic discourse community, particularly Media Practitioners and students should be encouraged to learn the proper use of clause relations in speaking and writing.


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