Linguistic Oddness in Philippine Suicide Notes: A Forensic Discourse Analysis

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Leo D. Rayon, Jr.


The increasing interest that the phenomenon of suicide gained across research disciplines has stimulated diverse research perspectives on how to examine the language of suicide embedded in suicide notes to characterize the consistent and prevalent linguistic structures and attitudes of suicide-attempters and completers. This study aimed to describe and examine the anatomical oddness features and structures of suicide notes written by Filipino suicide-completers. As qualitative research, this study employed forensic discourse analysis as a method of analysis through Shapero's (2011) linguistic oddness framework. This study analyzed 59 genuine suicide notes written in English and Filipino languages. The findings revealed that Filipino note-writers hovered on melodramatic emotions, inconsistencies in logic and naming references, incorrect spellings, the vagueness of details, and repetition of overly stated thoughts or ideas which projected awkwardness, inappropriateness, and oddness in the suicide structure. The study recommends embarking on larger Filipino suicide corpora for a broader scope and interpretation and typify characteristics of suicide notes written in the English language from the suicide notes written in the Filipino language.


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Rayon, Jr., L. D. (2022). Linguistic Oddness in Philippine Suicide Notes: A Forensic Discourse Analysis. LEARN Journal: Language Education and Acquisition Research Network, 15(2), 30–56. Retrieved from
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Leo D. Rayon, Jr., Department of English, Institute of Teacher Education, Davao del Norte State College, Philippines

Currently a Fulbright-FLTA Fellow and Visiting Faculty at the Department of Modern Literature and Languages, Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, U.S.A. He is also an Assistant Professor of English and Linguistics at the Department of English, Institute of Teacher Education, Davao del Norte State College in Panabo City, Davao del Norte, Philippines. He has a Ph.D. from the University of Southeastern Philippines in Davao City, Philippines. His interests are qualitative researches in forensic linguistics, applied language studies, sociolinguistics, and critical race and ethnic studies.


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