An Analysis of Language in Clothes Advertising


  • นาถนภา นวลโพธิ์ สาขาวิชาภาษาอังกฤษระดับสูงเพื่อการสื่อสาร บัณฑิตวิทยาลัย มหาวิทยาลัยหัวเฉียวเฉลิมพระเกียรติ
  • นพรัตน์ ธนานุรักษากุล สาขาวิชาภาษาอังกฤษ คณะศิลปศาสตร์ มหาวิทยาลัยหัวเฉียวเฉลิมพระเกียรติ


Uniqlo, H&M, Online flyers, Clothes advertising, Existential presupposition


The primary purpose of the research is to examine why H&M could achieve a higher sales volume than Uniqlo did during 2011 and 2014. The paper seeks to answer: 1) whether the language used in the online flyers of both Uniqlo and H&M persuades customers’ purchase decision or not; 2) the ways in which advertising language persuades customers’ purchase decision; and 3) how the language used in the online flyers of the two companies differ. Fifty pairs of archived online flyers of Uniqlo and H&M from Wayback Machine search engine ( during 2011 and 2014 were collected. The advertising language was then analyzed with the use of existential presupposition, which refers to the assumption that the entities named by the advertiser or the writer exist. The analysis involves low levels of inference or interpretation using these triggers - the, this, these, your, and our, and negation test to check presuppositions. The results suggest that language used in clothes advertisements of both Uniqlo and H&M appear to influence their customers to make a decision in buying. Although more entities named in Uniqlo’s advertisements exist than in H&M’s, the former uses language that focuses on basic design and product quality. Uniqlo could not persuade viewers to buy more of its products, perhaps because H&M used more descriptive words or adjectives to convey its stylish fashion to customers aged between 15 and 40 who preferred clothes with fashionable and attractive design to basic design and product quality. The results mirrors each brand identity and can imply that customers in this age range prefer stylish design that is fashionable and attractive to basic design and to product quality




How to Cite

นวลโพธิ์ น., & ธนานุรักษากุล น. (2017). An Analysis of Language in Clothes Advertising. Academic and Research Journal of Liberal Arts (Online), 12(23), 1–10. Retrieved from



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