Lexico-Semantic Features of Pakistani English Newspapers: A Corpus-Based Approach


  •  Sartaj Jilani    
  •  Behzad Anwar    

Abstract

Lexico-semantic variation with its socio-cultural significance, genuinely instilled in the tint of adaptation as well as innovation, has prompted many researchers and linguists to explore profoundly within the prolific soil of Pakistani English, while formulating its mark within the sphere of “New Englishes”. This “norm-developing” variety traces the accelerating concern in the momentum of diffusion of “World Englishes”, and consequently, adding to the evolution and development of English in non-native-contexts with its deep enriching essence. The principal goal of the present research work is to investigate lexico-semantic variation in Pakistani English newspapers along with the functional outcomes within the vibrant mould of perceptions based on context-dependent Pakistani socio-cultural scenarios in the light of Moag’s model based on “New Englishes”, Boas’ Cultural Relativism, Kachru’s Nativization and Acculturation with the conception of “Outer Circle” mainly connected to institutionalized Second Varieties of English. The study further analyzes two major lexico-semantic categories based on the corpus derived from two leading Pakistani English Newspapers. This corpus-based study took out the sample texts with their usual lengths, purposively chosen, from the real life. Findings of the study highlight that lexico-semantic categories in Pakistani English Newspapers are infused within the local aroma while having a diversity of colours of usage and elucidations in multifaceted functional settings of Pakistan. The study broadens the horizons while opening a wide range of opportunities for the researchers in grammar, lexicon, semantics, pragmatics etc. by means of construction and extension of corpora and drawing comparison with the other varieties of English.



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