A SOCIOLINGUISTIC ANALYSIS OF GENDERED DISCOURSE IN FEMI ODUGBEMI’S NIGERIAN TELEVISION SERIES BATTLEGROUND
The interface between language and gender has for some time been a focal point of enquiry in sociolinguistics and pragmatics. While studies abound in the pure linguistic levels such as phonology, grammar, syntax and semantics, interest in gender discourse due to the development in and dynamics of human society has just started to grow with implications for sociolinguistic scholarship. This study examines contexts and the extents and constraints that gender exerts on language use in Battleground, a Nigerian television series on (NTA, DSTV, etc.) The series mainly focuses on the rich and their shenanigans in the context of modern Nigeria. Using conversational analysis as its theoretical framework, the study randomly selects eight episodes from the 2017/2018/2019seasons as its data while adopting quantitative and qualitative mixed approach. Through a systematic analysis of the differences in the amount of talk, the amount of turns and distribution of such variable between male and female interactants in the series, the study establishes that Nigerian users of English are sexist and the society is still patriarchal, despite the gains made in recent times because of education and westernisation. The study concludes that language users should guard against sexism while gender discourse should be aimed at promoting gender equity, even if gender equality is utopian as the two sexes are practically not the same.
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