LANGUAGE OF THE MILITARY: AN ANALYSIS OF THE FORMS AND FUNCTIONS OF EXPRESSIONS USED IN PARADE, SUBDIVISIONS, RANK DISTINCTIONS AND WEAPONS DESCRIPTION
This study is an analysis of military language associated with parade, rank distinctions, subdivisions and weapons description. Not much researches have been carried out on these four domains hence the need for this study. Qualitative and discursive approach was adopted as method of investigation. Based on this approach, expressions associated with parade, rank distinctions, subdivisions and weapons description were identified and analysed. The study is limited by lack of cooperation by the military personnel to explain some military terminologies to the researcher. The result of the analyses showed that the expressions used in the four domains differ. The expressions used in parade indicate commands; those used for rank distinctions indicate how rank differ from one another; those used for subdivisions indicate how military is subdivided into different groups based on the number of personnel that constitute each group while the ones used for weapons description show different types of weapons and their uses. The purpose of the study is to analyse military language so that non military personnel would grasp their meanings; it is significance because it establishes the worth of military language in every military establishment; it sheds light on the varieties of English used in parade, rank distinctions, subdivisions and weapons description. The study impact positively on readers generally as it provides a stable means of communication for both military and the civilians.
|Keywords: Military Language, Forms And Functions, Parade, Rank Distinctions, Subdivisions, Weapons.|
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