Probing into the Dialogue of the President of Pakistan: Application of Grice’s Maxims

Hafiz Ahmad Bilal, Sumaira Naeem

Abstract


This particular work aims at revealing the fact how authoritative people exploit the language to rationalize themselves, and how they could be pointed out by the analysis of spoken discourse following Paul Grice’s Cooperative Principle and derived Maxims (1975). This study tries to show how political personalities try to defend themselves by collectively using words when appearing in media, in order to promote their ideologies across the public. The mass media analyzes certain issues through the collaboration of the public and tries to expose the grimes of the powerful elites. The researchers have tried to expose how a strong attempt of self-justification has been made by Mr. President. It also advocates how powerful individuals can manipulate language by playing upon words in order to shield themselves. In short, this analysis shows how the speaker molds the language in order to inculcate meanings among the people, thereby, brainwashing them in the attempts of alienation and diversion from what is their actual political agenda.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5296/ijl.v5i4.4157

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