Semiotic analysis of the Facebook postings of grade 11 learners via syntax and semantics

  • Abee Marcelino Eijansantos Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology
Keywords: Facebook, semiotics, semantics-syntax interface


This paper attempts to analyze the January Facebook postings of Grade 11 Students of Bunguiao National School. The analyses carried out in the paper covered the textual contents of the postings via the interplay of syntax and semantics—that is, the subject of the post, a grammatical function vis-à-vis the semantic role. This paper claims that the forgoing interplay analysis corroborates the findings in the themes (the semantics) of the different contents of the posts, the non-textual postings: photos, smileys/emoticons, and videos. The analyses of the semantic contents of the postings were analyzed via coding, categorizing and theorizing. As this paper is in part qualitative in nature, the participants, whose FB posts have been subjected to analyses, have been chosen purposively. A small facet of the paper involves a quantitative analysis, i.e. the frequency counts of the interpenetration of syntactic and semantic constituents of the textual postings of the participants. At some extent, this paper draws upon the mixed methods approach in its attempt to put the data under scholarly lucubration.

Author Biography

Abee Marcelino Eijansantos, Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology
Bionote: Dr. Abee M. Eijansantos graduated with flying colors from Western Mindanao State University where he ranked seventh among all the graduates. He finished Master of Arts in Education in Ateneo de Zamboanga University in the year 2013, and Ph.D. in Education in Universidad de Zamboanga in 2016. Currently, he is taking up Ph.D. in Language Studies at Ateneo de Zamboanga University. His passion for research is mostly replete with linguistic analysis with relevance to language pedagogy, Chavacano linguistics, the English language per se, inter alia. Dr. Eijansantos used to be with the Department of Education but has recently been admitted as Instructor I at Zamboanga State College of Marine Sciences and Technology. He always believes that all honor and glory rightly belongs to God!