The aim of this article is to investigate the ideological opposition appeared, as a result of Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan’s Davos outburst in 2009, in World Economic forum in Switzerland, in Turkish daily newspaper editorials. The study concentrates on the representations of the Davos event in the editorials of two daily newspapers of opposing political and ideological stance. The analysis aims to identify, through transitivity analysis from the Systemic Functional Grammar, and explain how ideology is constructed and presented through language use in two ideologically opposing Turkish newspapers’ editorial sections. The analysis of transitivity indicates how, through choices from the lexicogrammar, certain semantic roles and relationships are reproduced in the ideologically constructed discursive practices. Through positioning of participants and process choices, and their positioning in the clause, we could reasonably speculate on the ideologies of the news reports. By means of ideational, interpersonal and textual functions of language, aspects of clause grammar which have to do with ideational meanings will be focused on in this study. Emphasis will be placed on the construction of ideological discourse by determining the transitivity patterns expressed with propositions through representational processes in the two Turkish daily newspapers editorials of opposing political stance. The findings indicate that linguistic choices of transitivity play a fundamental role in propagation of dominant ideologies both implicitly and explicitly in newspaper editorials.
Critical discourse analysis, media discourse, systemic functional grammar, transitivity a