Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Volume 9. Number 4. December 2018                                   Pp. 162 -176
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no4.11

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Towards an Analytical Model in Critical Pragmatics 

  Fareed Hameed Al-Hindawi
 Department of English,College of Education for Human Sciences
University of Babylon, Babel, Iraq

 Wafaa Sahib Mehdi Mohammed
 Department of English, College of Languages
University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq

 

 

Abstract:
Aspects like power, dominance or ideology affect our choice of words in addition to other contextual factors (such as settings, participants and so on). The power we enjoy as social actors or the ideology we adhere to concerning any issue in life may play a crucial role in our language production or interpretation. Issuing a certain speech act rather than another or producing one impolite form rather than a polite one owning to such aspects falls within the realm of critical pragmatics. It is one analytical methodology where critical issues are examined in terms of the pragmatic phenomena to explore how the latter aid in the manifestation of the former. It attempts to answer this question: what are the most common pragmatic phenomena that reveal how racists or sexists pass on their critical ideologies? It aims to develop an analytical model for critical pragmatics and identify the common pragmatic themes utilized. The study is qualitative. It confines itself to the political discourse in the American context. The analysis of the data proves the workability of the model that has been developed by the study. It also shows that various pragmatic phenomena can be utilized to unravel critical issues.
Key wordscritical pragmatics, pragmatics, racism, sexism

Cite as: Al-Hindawi, F.H., & Mohammed, W. S. M. (2018). Towards an Analytical Model in Critical Pragmatics.
Arab World English Journal, 9 (4), 162 -176.
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol9no4.11

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Prof. Fareed Hameed Al-Hindawi holds Ph. D. in English Language and Linguistics. His M. sc.
degree was from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He teaches B. A., M.A. and Ph.D. programs at
the College of Education for Human Sciences, University of Babylon. He has published twelve
books and more than fifty articles in national and international academic journals. He is interested
in pragmatics, discourse studies and phonology. ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2627-
2146