IJLLL 2015 Vol.1(4): 284-289 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2015.1.4.54

Linguistic Analysis of Commercial Sex Workers’ Language of Negotiation

Doris Ogdoc-Gascon, Lilibeth D. Subayno, Tirsa Mae R. Suan, Annabelle A. Balvez, and Anna Marie P. Lumacang
Abstract—Language has been used for many reasons, and one of which is for negotiation. Commercial sex workers have employed language that is distinct and rhetorical for negotiation purposes. Moral concern may be posed in the investigation of these workers’ language of negotiation, but the promotion of sex commerce is not the aim of the study. The goal of this study is to appreciate how linguistic features contribute to a register used by a particular group of people, specifically, the commercial sex workers in Cebu, Philippines. In extracting the meaning of their language of negotiation through processing the morphology, semantics, functions, and rhetorical devices, this study offers a way of understanding this marginal and despised group in the Philippine context.

Index Terms—Commercial sex workers, connotation through images, functions of language, language of negotiation, linguistic analysis, morphologic analysis, rhetorical devices.

The authors are with the Cebu Technological University, Cebu, Philippines (e-mail: doris_ogdoc@yahoo.com).

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Cite:Doris Ogdoc-Gascon, Lilibeth D. Subayno, Tirsa Mae R. Suan, Annabelle A. Balvez, and Anna Marie P. Lumacang, "Linguistic Analysis of Commercial Sex Workers’ Language of Negotiation," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 1, no. 4, pp. 284-289, 2015.

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