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A Pragma – Discoursal Analysis of Famous Presidential Gaffes

Laith Safa Tariq, Prof. Sarab Khalil Hameed

Volume: 11 Issue: 3 2021


The present paper explores a pragma-discoursal study of impoliteness strategies in selected famous presidential gaffes. The paper analysed 20 US speeches to find out the common types of impoliteness strategies that are emerged in these gaffes. Results of the analysis show that ‘positive’ impoliteness has gained the outstanding occurrences followed by the ‘negative’ impoliteness. Other impoliteness strategies vary in rate according to the context in use. The speakers here tend to be impolite to make the listeners perceive their opinions. This is why ‘positive’ impoliteness takes place. ‘Negative’ impoliteness on the other hand, also shows fair use as the speakers sometimes tend to associate with others explicitly with negative aspects. Model of the analysis is adopted from Culpeper's (2005) that is flexible and applicable to different contexts.

DOI: http://doi.org/10.37648/ijrssh.v11i03.001

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