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ALRJournal. 2020; 4(7): 43-53 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2020.61687

When interrogatives lack interrogation: questions as indoctrination carriers in Egyptian presidential speeches

Ayman Farid Ahmed
Department of English, College of Science and Humanities, Prince Sattam bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia.

This article investigates three types of questions in one of President El-Sisi’s improvised speeches: wh questions, yes-no questions, and alternative questions. The main objective of the paper is to hypothesize that questions, irrespective of their type, do not necessarily seek information, as is usual in their semantic usage, but they serve as meaning indoctrination carriers. In so doing, this study tries to show how certain presidential meanings are linguistically indoctrinated by questions. The paper draws on inspirations from Speech acts theory (Austin 1962; Searle 1969, 1976; Yule, 1996). Two main findings are reported in this study: first, El-Sisi uses questions to influence his addressees’ attitudes rather than to prospect and/or stimulate their verbal performance. Second, questions are employed in the speech to initiate a cognitive link that operates as a communicative channel through which specific presidential meanings are indoctrinated.

Keywords: Egyptian presidential speeches, indoctrination, pragmatics, questions, semantics

Ayman Farid Ahmed. When interrogatives lack interrogation: questions as indoctrination carriers in Egyptian presidential speeches. ALRJournal. 2020; 4(7): 43-53

Corresponding Author: Ayman Farid Ahmed, Saudi Arabia
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