ISSN(Print): 2709-6254 | ISSN(Online) : 2709-6262 | ISSN-L : 2709-6254


Gone Yet Not Forgotten: A Discourse Analysis of Obituaries in Pakistani Print Media


  1. Dr. Shazia Ayyaz
    Assistant Professor, Department of English, University of Okara, Punjab, Pakistan
  2. Dr. Adnan Tahir
    Associate Professor, Department of English, University of Okara, Punjab, Pakistan
  3. Dr. Zia Ahmad
    Professor, Department of English, Govt. Emerson College, Multan, Punjab, Pakistan


The present study examines the discourse of death announcements in the Pakistani newspaper. The study focused on the specific features of the discourse of the death in the context of Pakistani society taking in account social, emotional and religious aspects of the death. The data for the research is collected in the form of newspaper obituaries published in the local English newspaper the Dawn. The paper emphasizes the discursive nature of the obituaries concerning the meanings they convey, the force and effect they have on the readers from Pakistani society. The features of the obituary discourse were analyzed by following the theoretical concept of Sara Mills (1997). The qualitative method was utilized for analyzing the data by following the concept of discourse. The results show that obituary discourse has a specific order of discourse which separates it from the other discourses, and it is aligned with the social and religious values of the Pakistani society.

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Discourse, Obituary, Pakistani Print Media, Pakistani Society


Article # 4
Volume # 1
Issue # 4

DOI info

DOI Number: 10.47205/jdss.2020(1-IV)4
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