Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number3  September                                                      Pp.212 -225
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol11no3.13

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Planning for Transformation: A Semantic-Grammatical Based Discourse Analysis of Saudi
Vision 2030
 

Ansa Hameed
Department of English, College of Science and Humanities, Alkharj
Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia 

Ismat Jabeen
Department of English, College of Science and Humanities, Alkharj
Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

Aalia Mehar Khan
English Department
Safa and Marwa Islamic School, Ontario, Canada

 

 

Abstract:
The need for transformation has led kingdom to envision and encode the Saudi Vision 2030 document; it is not merely an idealistic divination but a manuscript with an appropriate plan to accomplish its anticipated economic and social goals. In fact, planning is a critical factor in the document, which shapes it as a discourse of realization and fascination, made in the public interest. The present research aims to investigate the ways strategic planning has been articulated in the Vision 2030 document. It can help to get a deep linguistic understanding of this ideological discourse as well as to make it comprehendible for familiar readers. The core purpose of the present study is to examine this ideological discourse for the linguistic items that encapsulate the planning factor. For this purpose, the text has been reviewed using the foundational document model projected by Holland (2014). This semantic-grammatical based linguistic model helps to investigate the ideological strand of planning in the selected text. The research design is quantitative, using a content analysis method. The results reveal that planning strategies are well voiced in the Vision 2030 document, using a variety of vocabulary items; Investment, support, cooperation, provision, and increment are found as the fundamental strategies. The study suggests that other linguistic features can also be investigated to explain this document in the public interest.
Keywords: foundational document, semantic- grammatical discourse analysis, strategic planning, Vision 2030

Cite as: Hameed, A., Jabeen, I., & Khan, A. M. (2020). Planning for Transformation: A Semantic-Grammatical Based Discourse Analysis of Saudi Vision 2030. Arab World English Journal11 (3) 212 -225.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol11no3.13 

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Dr. Ansa Hameed is currently working as an Assistant Professor at Prince Sattam Bin
Abdulaziz University, College of Science and Humanities, AlKharj. She has received her PhD
degree in Linguistics (English) from NUML, Islamabad in January 2013. Her areas of interest
Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 11. Number 3 September 2020
Planning for Transformation: A Semantic-Grammatical Hameed, Jabeen & Jabeen

are Ecolinguistics, Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics and Syntax. ORCID:
https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3477-156X
Dr. Ismat Jabeen is working as an Assistant Professor at Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz
University, College of Science and Humanities, AlKharj. She has received her PhD degree in
Linguistics (English) from NUML, Islamabad in January 2015. Her areas of interest are
Sociolinguistics, Applied Linguistics and ELT.ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2514-230x
Aalia Mehar Khan is a distinguished scholar with MPhil degree in English Linguistics from
NUML, Islamabad in 2018. She is currently working as Head of English Department at Safa and
Marwa Islamic School, Ontario, Canada. Her research interests include Applied and Socio
Linguistics. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9836-1813