Use of anaphoric demonstrative pronoun this in research article writing of Nigerian authors
Alhaji Malah Galti, Ali Abbagana Abdullahi, Abba Alkali Goni, Clifford Irikefe Gbeyonron
Researchers present writing with clarity for their target audience to comprehend the intended meaning of the writer. To achieve this clarity, writers employed the use of appropriate linguistic devices such as the demonstratives. The use of proximal anaphoric demonstratives is considered the most common device to indicate referent in academic writing. Therefore, this study intends to examine the use English proximal anaphoric demonstratives among Nigerian academic writers. Using the Journal of the Humanity, Law, Social and Management Sciences in one of the Nigerian University, the researchers analyzed the frequency and percentage of use of the attended and unattended demonstratives from 20 articles of the journal. The result indicated that Nigerian article writers most frequently use the attended proximal demonstrative pronoun than unattended. Therefore, further research should be conducted to compare the use of attended proximal demonstratives based on discipline in order to understand which discipline frequently used the attended demonstratives and why.