Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 13. Number1.  March 2022                               Pp. 256- 272

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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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Received: 11/24/2021 
Accepted: 2/19/2022 
Published: 3/24/2022 

Dr. Maha Hamed Alsoraihi is an Associate Professor of Applied Linguistics at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulrahman University (PNU). She is awarded the Fellowship of the Advance Higher Academy, a UK Professional Standards for teaching and learning support in Higher Education in 2019. She is also a Fulbright visiting scholar at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, 2019–2020. Her research interests include sociolinguistics, discourse analysis, and second language learning.