Lead news coverage of Buddhist monks in the Nation online newspaper: A syntactic analysis


  • Pisutpong Endoo Lecturer, Linguistics Department, Faculty of Management Technology, Ramangala University of Technology Isan, Surin Campus, Thailand




Buddhist monks, syntactic analysis, the Nation online newspaper


The objectives of this research were to analyze the syntactic sentence types, phrase-level syntactic structures in subjects and predicates, and word-level structures within the same contexts in the lead news coverage of Buddhist monks in the Nation Online Newspaper. The qualitative study utilized data collected from The Nation's website over a decade (2013–2023) to analyze sentence types categorized into simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex, revealing a preference for simple (51.79%) and complex sentences (39.29%), indicating a journalistic inclination towards clarity and in-depth information presentation. Phrase-level analysis highlighted a dominance of Noun Phrases (43.26%) and Prepositional Phrases (32.01%), underscoring their role in establishing relational context and subjects in sentences. Word-level analysis revealed a significant use of determiners (44.07%) and nouns (38.45%), emphasizing their essential roles in conveying meaning and specifying noun phrases. The study's findings suggested a strategic balance in The Nation's syntactic choices, reflecting a nuanced approach to ensuring readability while providing comprehensive information, aligning with broader trends in digital journalism. This research contributed to the understanding of syntactic strategies in journalism, particularly in the context of online media and its representation of religious figures.




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How to Cite

Endoo, P. . (2024). Lead news coverage of Buddhist monks in the Nation online newspaper: A syntactic analysis . Journal of English Language and Linguistics, 5(1), 91–109. https://doi.org/10.62819/jel.2024.282