Personal Deixis Implementation in King Fahad's Speech to the International Troops During the Second Gulf War (1990/1991)
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 7, Issue 6, November 2019, Pages: 327-337
Received: Oct. 11, 2019; Accepted: Nov. 14, 2019; Published: Nov. 25, 2019
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Tahani Saleh Alabdali, College of Languages and Translation, English Language Department, Imam Mohammad Ibn Saud Islamic University IMSIU, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
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In this paper, the use of some deictic expressions -in the late King Fahad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud's speech to the international troops during the Second Gulf War- and its various implications on the message being delivered by the speaker, and its possible effect on the hearer are examined. Since the term deictic expression covers many linguistic items that could not possibly be comprehensively investigated in one paper, the focus of this paper is on personal pronouns which are analyzed in terms of frequency and implication in order to arrive at a better understanding of their implementation in such a historically significant political speech. The findings support the notions of critical discourse analysis regarding the relation of politics, power, ideologies, and discourse. The use of personal pronouns in this text was sometimes found to convey underlying messages which were intended to persuade the targeted audience of the speaker's decisions and at the same time justify certain major measures that were taken.
Critical Discourse Analysis, Political Speech, Personal Pronouns, Deixis, Historical Speech
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Tahani Saleh Alabdali, Personal Deixis Implementation in King Fahad's Speech to the International Troops During the Second Gulf War (1990/1991), International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 6, 2019, pp. 327-337. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190706.21
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