Pragmatics of Philippine print advertising discourse

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Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy in Applied Linguistics

Subject Categories

Linguistics | Semantics and Pragmatics


Br. Andrew Gonzalez FSC College of Education


English and Applied Linguistics

Thesis Adviser

Ma. Lourdes S. Bautista

Defense Panel Chair

Guillermina L. Verzosa

Defense Panel Member

Rosemarie L. Montañano
Andrea H. Peñaflorida
Estefania De Guzman
Teresita F. Fortunato


This study examines the linguistic realization of persuasion in Philippine print ads and the macrostructure of these ads as well. It likewise describes persuasion in the print ads as a macro-speech act. The corpus of the body consists of sixty ads published in three leading Philippine broadsheets, namely, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and Manila Bulletin. The data were collected from the Wednesday and Sunday issues of the same newspapers over a period of four weeks, from April 18 to May 12, 1999.The study shows that there are syntactic and lexical features that define the discourse function of persuasion in Philippine print ads. Among these are their tendency to use sentence fragments and simple sentences (without embedding), imperatives, the second-person pronominal you, and active structures, as well as their propensity for attitudinal adjectives, neologisms, and intra-sentential codeswitching. With regard to the macrostructure of the ads, visuals and the signature line are indispensable, while the headline and the body copy are the obligatory elements. The last verbal element - standing details - is optional. In terms of describing persuasion as a macro-speech act, the representative-directive pattern is the predominant speech act sequence in the ads. Finally, the utterances in the ads are connected to one another by cohesion devices such as repetition, reference, conjunction, ellipsis/substitution, and synonymy.In the light of the above findings, the study proposes a pragmatic model of persuasion in Philippine print advertising. The model suggests a complex interaction between two variables: text and context.

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Archives, The Learning Commons, 12F Henry Sy Sr. Hall

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233 numb. leaves ; Computer print-out


Pragmatics; Language and languages--Philosophy; Advertising; Printing; Discourse analysis; Semantics

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