International Transaction Journal of Engineering, Management, & Applied Sciences & Technologies


:: International Transaction Journal of Engineering, Management, & Applied Sciences & Technologies

ISSN 2228-9860
eISSN 1906-9642


Vol.11(16) (2020)

  • Lexical Functions and Cohesion in Imran Khan's Speech On 28 September 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly

    Muhammad Asif, Deng Zhiyong (School of Foreign Languages, Shanghai University, CHINA),
    Amal Hamid Malik (Department of English, Kinnaird College for Women, Lahore, PAKISTAN),
    Shamila Roohi (Department of English, University of Gujrat, Gujrat, PAKISTAN),
    Amir Saeed (Institute of Administrative Sciences, University of Punjab, Punjab, PAKISTAN).

    Disciplinary: Multidisciplinary (Linguistics (Speech Analysis), History, International Relations, Global Politics, Religion and Believe).

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    DOI: 10.14456/ITJEMAST.2020.320

    Keywords: Lexical function; Collocation analysis; United Nations General Assembly (UNGA); Imran Khan's address; Lexical cohesion; Speech analysis.

    This paper explores, investigates, and analyzes the lexical functions and cohesion in Imran Khan's speech on September 28, 2019, at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). The purpose of this paper is to analyze the significance of functions of cohesive lexical devices and to highlight the various kinds of lexical cohesive devices used in the discourse through analyzing the speech of Imran Khan, depending on Halliday and Hasan's (1976) classifications of lexical cohesion; reiteration, collocation and language functions. These lexical devices and language functions emphasize feelings, expressions for purpose of clarification. Repetition stresses the speakers' ideas. At each use of these devices, there is a specific purpose. The reader can reach such purpose by using his/her knowledge of the world, which is related to this particular topic of discourse. The secondary data were used in this study. The data were collected from the website in the form of a transcription of the speech text. The study is qualitative. Only one speech of Imran Khan is selected. The findings reveal that these lexical cohesive devices have discourse value, which enables them to function as means of interaction aimed at influencing the international community.

    Paper ID: 11A16K

    Cite this article:

    Asif, M., Zhiyong, D., Malik, A. H., Roohi, S., Saeed, A. (2020). Lexical Functions and Cohesion in Imran Khan's Speech On 28 September 2019 at the United Nations General Assembly. International Transaction Journal of Engineering, Management, & Applied Sciences & Technologies, 11(16), 11A16K, 1-10.


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