Volume 12, Issue 5 (2021)                   LRR 2021, 12(5): 205-237 | Back to browse issues page

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Allami H, Ghasemi M, Barzegar N. A Pragmalinguistic and Sociopolitical Analysis of Vague Language in Two Iranian Presidents’ International Interviews. LRR. 2021; 12 (5) :205-237
URL: http://lrr.modares.ac.ir/article-14-47781-en.html
1- Associate Professor, Department of English Language Teaching, Tarbiat Modares University, Tehran, Iran , h.allami@modares.ac.ir
2- PhD Candidate, English Department, Faculty of Languages and Literature, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran
3- MA, English Department, Faculty of Languages and Literature, Yazd University, Yazd, Iran
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Standard political discourse is replete with ambiguity and vagueness. Politicians frequently use vague language to hide their inadequate knowledge, show their low interest in the issue, and/or evoke emotion. This study reports on a qualitative content analysis of vagueness in two Iranian presidents' political interviews within a pragmalinguistic and sociopolitical paradigm. The data consisted of nine question-answer exchanges extracted from seven internationally live broadcast interviews. A total of 57 instances of vague language use were analyzed in terms of 21 pragmalinguistic vagueness strategies. Implications are that vagueness in political discourse is motivated by a multiplicity of factors such as face management, sociopolitical and situational adaptation, conflict avoidance, and personal characteristics of the interviewers and the respondents. Vagueness was also found to be a sign of diplomatic prudence or wisdom.
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Article Type: مقالات علمی پژوهشی | Subject: Discourse Analysis
Published: 2021/12/1

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