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Ideological Agency in Edward Bondís Lear [ALRJournal]
ALRJournal. 2021; 5(2): 11-23 | DOI: 10.14744/alrj.2021.63496

Ideological Agency in Edward Bondís Lear

Ayman Farid Khafaga1, Mohammed Aldawsari2
1Department of English language, College of Sciences and Humanities, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia / Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Suez Canal University, Egypt
2Department of English language, College of Science and Humanities, Prince Sattam Bin Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

The term Ďagencyí can be reflected in discourse by different linguistic manifestations, including deictic pronouns, modality, and syntactic aspects, such as passivization and negation. This paper attempts to investigate the ideological weight exhibited by the usage of agency in Edward Bondís Lear. The paperís main objective is to test the hypothesis of whether or not different ideologies, be they persuasive or manipulative, can be channeled by specific linguistic devices expressing agency. More specifically, the paper explores the extent to which agency, irrespective of its linguistic manifestations, is discursively perceived as an ideological conduit, wherein different ideological meanings pertinent to a specific type of discourse are encoded. Three aspects of agency are analytically covered in this paper: Pronouns (I, you, we), modality (obligation, truth) and syntactic aspects (passivization, negation). In so doing, the paper draws on three analytical strands: (i) ideological discourse analysis as approached by van Dijk (1995); (ii) Faircloughís grammatical model of analyzing discourse (1989); (iii) and the computational linguistics approach instanced by Concordance (Hockey, 1980; Kennedy, 1998). Findings reveal that through agency writers/speakers can encode their ideologies, reflect their power, and influence their recipientsí schematic world, as well as their cognitive attitudes to arrive at specific persuasive and/or manipulative purposes.

Keywords: agency, pronouns, modality, passivization, negation, persuasive ideology, manipulative ideology, Bondís Lear

Ayman Farid Khafaga, Mohammed Aldawsari. Ideological Agency in Edward Bondís Lear. ALRJournal. 2021; 5(2): 11-23

Corresponding Author: Ayman Farid Khafaga, Saudi Arabia
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