Faculty of Arts
CDA, A Look into Minds:
A Critical Discourse Analysis of
Mubarak’s Speeches during The Revolution
Under the supervision of
The current study aimed to clarifying how politicians deconstruct language in a way that serves their interests and ideologies. It also aimed at investigating how Critical Discourse Analysis (CDA) can be helpful in revealing the latent ideologies and hidden intentions behind the speakers’ speeches. This was studied by analysing the three speeches of Mubarak, as an example of political discourse, which he delivered during the Egyptian revolution. The current study depended in the analysis of the speeches on a number of CDA tools, pragmatic tools and rhetorical devices. Employing these tools to the speeches showed that when writing their political speeches, politicians, including Mubarak, tend to utilize various linguistic tools, in order to convince their audience with their views, opinions and ideologies. However applying a CDA to these speeches is enough to reveal their hidden purposes in addition to their speaker's ideologies.
CDA is a field of study which has paved the ways for the linguists to find out the hidden ideologies behind seemingly simple and plain words. Our words are never neutral; they carry the power that reflects language is no longer seen as merely reflecting out reality but also as central to creating reality (Fisk, 1994, Taiwo, 2007)
Politics is a struggle for power, where every political action is prepared, manipulated in this regard language plays a crucial role. CDA is an essential device in investigating such language of politics, clarifying how politicians deconstruct texts to come up with their intended ideologies.
1. Context of the...