Differences of Style between English and Arabic Political Discourse: A Contrastive Study

  • Shifaa Hadi Hussein
Keywords: Arabic discourse, choice, English discourse, psychological status, style


Traditionally, style is defined as the expressive, emotive or aesthetic emphasis added linguistically to the discourse with its meaning is the same. In the current study, however, style is defined as the linguistic choice that the language users can make for specific purposes.

    This study, thus, aims at analyzing political Arabic and English speeches to find out whether there are differences of style between English and Arabic and whether the choices the language users make  can show any traits of their psychological status.

    To fulfill the above aims, the study hypothesizes that English and Arabic  speeches can be analyzed stylistically and that there are stylistic differences between English and Arabic.

     Two political speeches have been selected to be the data of this paper. The first is an Arabic one by the former Egyptian president Jamal Abdul Nasir. The second is an English one by president David Johnston, governor of Canada.

     The model adopted here is an eclectic one. Style, according to this model, is defined as the choice the language user made at two axes; direct and indirect. The direct choice is determined relying on the theory of systemic functional grammar. At the indirect axis choice,  the traditional approach of style is adopted.

     The study comes to some conclusions the most important of which is that language users utilize unconsciously linguistic choices to express their points of view and intentions which say a lot about their psychological status and thus their characters. 



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Hussein, S. H. “Differences of Style Between English and Arabic Political Discourse: A Contrastive Study”. Journal of the College of Education for Women, Vol. 30, no. 4, Dec. 2019, pp. 1-18, https://jcoeduw.uobaghdad.edu.iq/index.php/journal/article/view/1316.