Sociopsychological Discourse Analysis of America’s Baptist Minister

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Türkmen A., Shayegh K.

American Journal of Scientific Research, vol.-, no.61, pp.70-84, 2012 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: - Issue: 61
  • Publication Date: 2012
  • Journal Name: American Journal of Scientific Research
  • Page Numbers: pp.70-84
  • Recep Tayyip Erdoğan University Affiliated: Yes


In this paper, researcher studies “Beyond Vietnam – A Time to Break Silence”, a speech by Martin Luther King from the CDA viewpoint. The study is supposed to answer questions such as how power and ideology are realized lexically and grammatically? How power and ideology are realized in terms of transitivity and thematic structures? and how power and ideology are realized macro structurally? In the development part, the speech has been examined from different aspects including vocabulary, grammatical features, transitivity, thematization and macrostructure to find the embedded power and ideology in the discourse. King’s speech shows his negative attitude towards Vietnam War, considering U.S. as the main reason of the war. Keywords: Sociopsychological Discourse Analysis, Description, Interpretation, Explanation, Systemic Functional Grammar, Martin Luther king.