Verbal processes in the Covid-19 news discourses: An analysis of ‘aswaqpress.com’ coverage on Malaysia

Proses verbal dalam wacana berita Covid-19: Analisis portal ‘aswaqpress.com’ berkaitan Malaysia

Authors

  • Muhammad Marwan Ismail Faculty of Major Languages, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia. https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1214-2455
  • Farah Nadia Harun Faculty of Major Languages, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia.
  • Wan Moharani Mohammad Faculty of Major Languages, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia.
  • Nurhasma Muhammad Saad Faculty of Major Languages, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia.
  • Sulaiman Ismail Faculty of Major Languages, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia.

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.53840/alirsyad.v6i2.237

Keywords:

Covid-19, Arabic Online News, Critical Discourse Analysis, Corpus Linguistics, Verbal Process

Abstract

December 2019 marked the emergence of a deadly virus known as Covid-19. Since then, we have been battling the virus, which has infected more than 250 million people and killed 4.5 million globally. The pandemic has become the headline of almost every media outlet, local and international news agency. Hence, this article aims to examine the Arabic online news discourse of the event by focusing on the verbal processes strategically utilised in reporting the pandemic in Malaysia. This study's data consists of Modern Standard Arabic online news published by Aswaq (aswaqpress.com) news portal between January and July 2021. Aswaq provides Arabic news and information on Malaysia to the Arab world. Hence, the information provided by the portal is vital in portraying Malaysia to Arab audiences, particularly in framing the way Malaysia deals with the Covid-19. The study employs corpus linguistics analytical tools using corpus software AntConc 3.5.8 (2019). Then, the quantitative result will be analysed using a qualitative approach based on the textual-oriented Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) of Fairclough (1992). It is shown that Aswaq has strategically utilised various verbal processes to report on the word said and articulated around the pandemic. The diversity of verbal processes usage indicates different connotations that hint at different strategic approaches in reporting the news. Hence, it may lead to uncovering the outlet stance of the event. Finally, the study will present suggestions for other related studies in the future.

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Author Biography

Muhammad Marwan Ismail, Faculty of Major Languages, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM), Malaysia.

Dr. Muhammad Marwan Ismail received his Ph.D. from the University of Birmingham UK and currently holds the position of  Senior Lecturer at Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM). His works examine news media critical discourse analysis with a special focus on the Arab and the Arabic Media. His current research project deals with news coverage of the pandemic and its influences on global audiences.

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Published

2021-12-23

How to Cite

Ismail, M. M., Harun, F. N. ., Mohammad, W. M., Muhammad Saad, N. ., & Ismail , S. . (2021). Verbal processes in the Covid-19 news discourses: An analysis of ‘aswaqpress.com’ coverage on Malaysia: Proses verbal dalam wacana berita Covid-19: Analisis portal ‘aswaqpress.com’ berkaitan Malaysia. Al-Irsyad: Journal of Islamic and Contemporary Issues, 6(2), 745-756. https://doi.org/10.53840/alirsyad.v6i2.237