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    GRAMMATICAL FUNCTION OF ENGLISH PREPOSITION IN SELECTED NEWSPAPER EDITORIALS  

 

TENEKE, GABRIEL G. PHD

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION

ADAMAWA STATE POLYTECHNIC, YOLA

ADAMAWA STATE

EMAIL: WATYTENEKE@GMAIL.COM

 

BITRUS ISHAYA

MA ESP   

 

DEPARTMENT OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE EDUCATION

ADAMAWA STATE POLYTECHNIC, YOLA

ADAMAWA STATE

 

E-MAIL: ISHAYABITRUS710@YAHOO.COM

 

ABSTRACT

This study is corpus based; it is aimed at identifying and analyzing the function of preposition in some selected newspaper editorials. The newspapers used for this analysis are The Guardian, This Day, Daily Trust, Leadership and National Mirror published between 1st and 31st May, 2016. Five articles were selected from each newspaper. The methodology used for this analysis is based on the content model theory of Halliday and Hassan (1989) and the approach based on the insights of Crystal and Davy (1969). The selected prepositions were classified and analyzed according to their grammatical functions, indicating possession or close connection between entities, the purpose for which an action takes place, relating events or state of affairs to a location and by indicating circumstances of actions. The prepositions used in the analysis include the genitive “of” vis-à-vis means, place, purpose, time and source. Others also function as adjuncts indicating circumstances of action, events or situations. The study revealed that editorial writers used preposition in writing their editorials. The study recommends among others the need for columnist to use both simple and complex prepositions to achieve clarity and precision in their editorials.

 

Key words: grammatical function, preposition, editorial, corpus, ESL, EFL

journal of english

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