Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number1. March 2022 Pp. 256- 272
A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Speech of Her Royal Highness Princess Reema Bint
Bander Al-Saud: A Saudi Woman Empowerment Model
Maha H Alsoraihi
College of Languages
Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University
Received: 11/24/2021 Accepted: 2/19/2022 Published:3/24/2022
Princess Reema Bint Bander Al-Saud is a Saudi woman leader who is nowadays serving as the Saudi ambassador to the United States of America. She has been serving passionately and effectively in both the public and private sectors of Saudi Arabia, setting a perfect example of Saudi women’s empowerment in different fields. This paper gives a comprehensive linguistic analysis of selected spoken texts of HRH Princess Reema. The research focuses on both the rhetoric and the persuasive patterns based on the linguistic structures proposed by Van Dijk’s theory and Norman Fairclough’s reflections on Ideology. This paper has successfully identified some essential linguistic strategies and how they are conducted skillfully by HRH Princess Reema Bint Bander with a focus on the concept of Saudi women empowerment. This research adopts a qualitative method based on observations and thematic interpretations of selected texts of a public speech given by HRH Princess Reema. Moreover, this paper investigates the linguistic and the stylistic markers that Princess Reema applied in her public remarks that makes her address sounds very persuasive and convincing. This research concludes by discussing some linguistic themes that HRH Princess Reema mentioned, such as the concepts of Conservatism, Socialism, and Liberalism feminist ideology, which create a perfect model of Saudi woman empowerment aligned with the Vision of 2030.
Keywords: Arab Ideology, critical discourse, empowerment, gender, language, leadership, power, Saudi women.
Cite as: Alsoraihi, M. H. (2022). A Critical Discourse Analysis of the Speech of Her Royal Highness Princess
Reema Bint Bander Al-Saud: A Saudi Woman Empowerment Model. Arab World English Journal, 13 (1) 256- 272.
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