LUMINA Volume 22 No. 2

Language and Political Ideology in the Nigerian Military Coup Speeches: A Case Study of General Aguiyi Ironsi's, General Yakubu Gowon's and General Murtala Muhammed's

by Moses Omoniyi Ayeomoni

The study investigated language functions in the maiden coup speeches of General Thomas Aguiyi Ironsi, General Yakubu Gowon and General Murtala Muhammed. The data were drawn from the coup political speeches of the three military political rules above. The speeches were analysed following Gutwinski's model of analysis of lexical connective items and Halliday's Systemic Functional Grammar. In order to ensure accuracy and objectivity, there were statistical calculations expressed in Relative Frequency Percentages.

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