The Linguistic Functions in King Abdullah II of Jordan Speeches

Abdelaziz Mohammed


The common sense is that each time you revise a discourse you can find new points behind the lines. Thus, this paper aims at analyzing and investigating King Abdullah II of Jordan speech qualitatively. Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) is used to analyze King Abdullah’s speech based on Grice’s maxims; Van Dijk; Fairclough; and Johnson and Johnson’s models to study both the persuasion styles and persuasion strategies he maintained in his speech. The study concludes that using evidence plays a crucial role in persuading the audience. Thus, it is highly recommended to read/listen to any political discourse in the mirror of its pillars and evidence shown by the speaker should not be taken as a dirty speech.


Discourse Analysis, Persuasive Techniques, Self-image, Analogy

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