Language and Controversy: A Case of Ronaldo-Messi Who Is Who
This paper investigated the linguistic and literary features of the submissions and rebuffs of the language of debate or controversy particularly that of the Ronaldo-Messi-who-is-who debates through the emotions of joy and anger. Findings reveal that linguistically, submissions of both joy and anger are done through content descriptive lexical items, namely, nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Literarily, the two polar emotions employed literary devices such as metaphor, hyperbole, transferred epithet, allusion, repetition, oxymoron, imagery, rhetorical questions, parallelism and rhythm in their submissions. The submissions of anger display more sophistication particularly in the employment of literary devices. This has an implication for cognitive linguistics as to whether the linguistic atmosphere of anger creates more mental pictures than that of joy.
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