A Pragmatic Study of Non-Observance Maxims in Selected Political Speeches

  • Asst. Prof. Dr. Jalal Sa’dullah Hassan University of Garmian – College of Education – Department of English


The paper is to explore the application of Paul Grice’s Cooperative Principles in analyzing political speeches in order to know how these principles are observed and how politicians in their speeches do not observe the conversational maxims. The study is a qualitative research, that is, the excerpts are taken out in order for the researcher to analyze them. Based on analyzing the excerpts, the study aims at finding the non-observance of the Conversational Maxims and to know their occurrences applied throughout the dialogues. The findings of the present study show that, making their speeches, politicians often rely on distinct non-observance categories of Conversational Maxims, including (flouting maxims, violating maxims, suspending maxims). Besides, the study found that different situations lead politicians to fail in observing conversational maxims. 


Apr 30, 2022
How to Cite
HASSAN, Asst. Prof. Dr. Jalal Sa’dullah. A Pragmatic Study of Non-Observance Maxims in Selected Political Speeches. Journal of Language Studies, [S.l.], v. 5, n. 2, p. 38-48, apr. 2022. ISSN 2616-6224. Available at: <http://jls.tu.edu.iq/index.php/lang/article/view/421>. Date accessed: 12 aug. 2022. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.25130/lang.v5i2.421.