IJLLL 2016 Vol.2(3): 141-145 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2016.2.3.84

Youth, Their Language and Ideologies

Lynn Mallari Besa
Abstract—Writing is a system of more or less permanent mark used to represent an utterance which expresses the inner thoughts, beliefs, ideas and even identities of the writers. While writing is a powerful tool of expression, text is a vehicle for information. What do learners think about themselves? About their fellow? About their society? How do they respond to the happenings around them? What do they want to happen if they are given the authority to act or to decide on things? Text and discourse analysis play a vital role in uncovering the interaction between language, text structure and functions. This study is primarily centered on the analysis of the composition of the secondary level students to understand their language and the purpose of their text to investigate more deeply their mental models which eventually leads to disclosing their ideologies. The study specifically probes the general structures and features of the learners’ composition which carry underlying messages. In the qualitative analysis of data, critical discourse analysis of the learners’ composition is utilized to explore the nature of the 21st century learners and writers, the role of their writing as a form not only of expression but of empowerment and eventually look at its impact as the unsound outlet of the youth. Hence, the study tries to unveil the connections between writing, language and thinking.

Index Terms—Compositions, critical discourse analysis, ideology, language.

Lynn M. Besa is with Rizal Technological University, Philippines (e-mail: besalynn@yahoo.com).

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Cite:Lynn Mallari Besa, "Youth, Their Language and Ideologies," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 2, no. 3, pp. 141-145, 2016.

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