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Rouhani’s and Obama’s Persian New Year messages: A systemic functional grammar perspective

Amin Karimnia orcid id ; Fasa Branch, Islamic Azad University
Shidak Rahbarian ; Central Tehran Branch, Islamic Azad University

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This study investigated Nowruz (Persian New Year) messages by Presidents Hassan Rouhani and Barack Obama in March 2016. The study critically analyzed the discourse of these two presidential messages and uncovered the hidden aspects of their ideologies, policies, and back-ground worldviews. In doing so, an integrated version of Halliday’s systemic functional gram-mar (SFG) and critical discourse analysis (CDA) was used. The analysis of data included various linguistic dimensions (e.g. processes, modality, transitivity) of the messages and their statistics. Although results suggested that Obama intended to build a more intimate situation, both presidents tried to inspire a spirit of action, development and effort in their respective govern-ments. The messages did not reveal considerable thematic differences, except some discoursal religious features expressed in Rouhani’s message.

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critical discourse analysis, political relations, Iran, USA, systemic functional grammar, New Year

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