Pragmatic analysis of speech acts in motivational storytelling directed to graduates of American Universities

Other Title(s)

دراسة تداولية للأفعال الكلامية المستخدمة في رواية القصص التحفيزية الموجهة لخريجي الجامعات الأمريكية

Joint Authors

Rahif, Kazim Kitab
Mubarak, Ahmad Sahib Jabir

Source

Journal of University of Babylon for Humanities

Issue

Vol. 29, Issue 8 (31 Aug. 2021), pp.1-21, 21 p.

Publisher

University of Babylon

Publication Date

2021-08-31

Country of Publication

Iraq

No. of Pages

21

Main Topic

Literature

Abstract EN

-Storytelling is a strategy that people resort to since early times for wide range of purposes.

One of these purposes is to motivate others towards particular actions or ideas.

This study concerns itself with investigating the pragmatic use of speech acts in storytelling discourse directed to motivate American graduates.

More specifically, it deals with storytelling embedded within commencement speeches delivered at American universities by successful icons.

The current study has been set to fulfil three aims.

First, it aims at identifying the most dominant speech acts in each stage of storytelling.

Secondly, determining the most dominant category of speech acts in the storytelling discourse.

Then, finding the most frequent SAs within each category of SAs.

To this end, the researchers ten storytelling discourses embedded within commencement speeches delivered by American commencement speakers at American universities in 2010 and 2019 to represent five professions of commencement speakers.

The findings reveal that the dominant speech acts at each stage of storytelling varies.

It also shows that the representatives and directives are the most dominant categories of speech acts in the storytelling discourse in the data under scrutiny.

The SA of asserting and the SA of advising are shown to be the most frequent SAs within the categories of representatives and directives, respectively.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Mubarak, Ahmad Sahib Jabir& Rahif, Kazim Kitab. 2021. Pragmatic analysis of speech acts in motivational storytelling directed to graduates of American Universities. Journal of University of Babylon for Humanities،Vol. 29, no. 8, pp.1-21.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1265480

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Mubarak, Ahmad Sahib Jabir& Rahif, Kazim Kitab. Pragmatic analysis of speech acts in motivational storytelling directed to graduates of American Universities. Journal of University of Babylon for Humanities Vol. 29, no. 8 (Aug. 2021), pp.1-21.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1265480

American Medical Association (AMA)

Mubarak, Ahmad Sahib Jabir& Rahif, Kazim Kitab. Pragmatic analysis of speech acts in motivational storytelling directed to graduates of American Universities. Journal of University of Babylon for Humanities. 2021. Vol. 29, no. 8, pp.1-21.
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-1265480

Data Type

Journal Articles

Language

English

Notes

Includes appendix : p. 21

Record ID

BIM-1265480