International Journal of Language & Linguistics

ISSN 2374-8850 (Print), 2374-8869 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijll

Critical Discourse Analysis of Prime Minister’s Speeches on Harmful Aerial Vehicles (Drones)
Shakeel Ahmed

The present study aims at finding the hidden ideologies behind words used in a language through CDA. The ongoing research consists of critical discourse analysis of some extracts of speech by prime minister of Pakistan on some key issues related to Pakistan and one most crucial matter, “drone attacks”. Critical discourse analysis is a tool to unmask those inserted ideologies and put real intensions and ideas behind those utterances in front of people. The use of words is not mostly unbiased but, has a positive or negative colour on them. An effort has been done to find out the truth behind a whole speech on major issues of Pakistan generally and some chunks about drone attacks particularly of same speech, by Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Shrief. What are our national interests, what are views of major political parties and what are views of US? What are views of Amnesty international behind drone attacks? These chunks of PM’s speech about drone attacks also elaborate the consequences of these strikes in Pakistan. Some audio speeches and some extracts of Pakistani newspaper “DAWN” has been used for the present analysis. On the basis of the analysis, discussions and conclusions has been given at the end of this paper.

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