The study investigates how language is used to construct, reconstruct and deconstruct gender in opinion articles in Nigerian newspapers. Drawing on tools and techniques of analysis from critical discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, systemic functional grammar and cognitive linguistics, the author analyses the many complex and subtle ways in which gender is conceptualized and represented in the newspapers. He shows how the use of some linguistic features and discursive practices contributes to the (re)construction of certain gender identities, roles and power relations between men and women in society. The book contributes to research on language and gender from a non-western perspective.
Umar Ahmed (PhD) is alumnus of the Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS) and lecturer at the Usmanu Danfodiyo University (Sokoto, Nigeria). He specializes in language and gender studies and has published articles on gender in media discourse, sociolinguistics and language in education.