LINGUISTIC IMPOLITENESS AND AGGRAVATED HATE SPEECHES ON FACEBOOK: EVIDENCE FROM READER’S-RESPONSES ON PRESIDENT BUHARI’S SPEECH

PUBLISHED: June 2018

Author:  AKINTOLA, ADEKUNBI ENIOLA

Department of General Studies, Federal College of Agriculture, Akure, Ondo State;

AYANTAYO, JOSHUA SUNDAY

Department of Languages, Mcpherson University, Seriki-Sotayo, Ogun State

Abstract

The rate at which impoliteness strategies increase on the social media calls for attention. This is so because it is capable of causing disintegration in the society. Scholars have worked on impoliteness and hate speeches and offer recommendations as to minimize both. Work on the use of impoliteness to aggravate hate speech on social media is scanty in the academics. The thrust of this work is to further study this aspect of language use as we believe it is important to emphasize it so as to maintain a peaceful society. We therefore examined impoliteness as evident in the response to president Buhari’s posts on Facebook. Data were collected from the Facebook page of President Buhari. Responses were selected at random from the president’s timeline on Facebook. Impoliteness was adopted as the theory for this analysis. The analysis shows that readers did not respect each other’s public image in their responses. This is capable of causing chaos in the society. Consequently, we are of the opinion that such responses should be discouraged on the social media.

Keywords: Linguistic Impoliteness, Hate Speech, Facebook, Speech

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