Intersemioticity of King Abdullah’s II ‘Speech from the Throne 2021’ Discourse: from Infratextuality to Ultratextuality


  • Baseel Al Bzour AABU



critical discourse analysis, infratextuality, intersemioticity,  intertextuality, King Abdullah II., ultratextuality, ideological goals.


Abstract This paper aims primarily at revisiting and investigating how intersemioticity subsumes intertextuality and how it operates as long as infratextuality and ultratextuality are discoursally well-structured and well-systematized in a cogent mechanism that manifests how political discourse can succeed in triggering persuasiveness at various levels of socio-political interaction. Therefore, the researcher has endeavored to examine King Abdulla’s II speech of the Throne 2021 as an exemplary sample that succinctly shows how such textual devices and components are critically employed semio-discoursally in an attempt to convey a deliberate message that matches the expectations of the diverse target-audience that consists of a number of legislative representatives, senators, veteran lawmakers, the cabinet members as well as the Jordanian people as a whole. The royal address is an annual occasion through which the King attempts to reinstate and to pledge his allegiance and his utter dedication to his nation and to his country in a way that instigates their reciprocal allegiance and fidelity to his throne; therefore, the infratextual, the intertextual and the ultratextual components are well-woven in a subtle fashion that guarantees the maximal  flow and the right impact of his discourse on his audience. Unlike traditional critical discourse studies, this paper mainly draws on a higher level of semiotic assumptions and argumentation that can help the researcher and the reader identify and rationalize how political texts can be intellectually tailored to convey and to instill certain communicative and ideological goals beyond the mere limitations of linguistic foundations. Keywords: critical discourse analysis, infratextuality, intersemioticity,  intertextuality, King Abdullah II., ultratextuality, ideological goals.



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