News editorials are embedded with editors' critical views on current issues or events. Within their critical views, language attitudes, ideologies, and values are carried to convince recipients of the editors' views. In doing so, effective use of discourse is one of the key elements in news editorial production. In particular, the use of linguistic features and functions serves as an important element in contributing news editorial discourse. Despite a growing body of research focusing on the field of news editorial discourse, studies on linguistic features and functions used in editorials to discuss social-related topics are still scarce. Among the small number of these discourse studies, only domestic social topics (e.g. political issues, education, and business) in individual countries have been investigated. Discourse studies in editorials regarding social issues co-occurring across countries are merely found. Therefore, this study sought to shed some light on linguistic features and their functions employed in news editorial discourse focusing on co-occurring social issues in ASEAN countries. News editorial articles discussing the same social issues between May 2014 and May 2016 were collected from different local presses published in ASEAN countries. The selected news editorial articles were qualitatively analyzed on the basis of Halliday's systemic functional linguistics. The study reveals interesting results to be discussed in this session.
Nanthiya Silachai, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
Kornwipa Poonpon, Khon Kaen University, Thailand
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