An Analysis of Discursive Manipulative Strategies and Rhetorical Devices in Political Interviews of Ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan

Authors

  • Muhammad Matloob Ur Rasool MS English Linguistics, City University of Science and IT, Peshawar, KP, Pakistan
  • Arfa Naeem MS Applied Linguistics Scholar, Sciences and Humanities Department, FAST National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan
  • Ayesha Saif Ur Rehman MS Applied Linguistics, The School of Linguistics, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2024(8-I)05

Keywords:

Critical Discourse, Discursive Manipulative Strategies, Polarisation Strategies, Rhetorical Devices

Abstract

This study analyses Imran Khan's conversation by focusing on discursive manipulative strategies, polarisation strategies and rhetorical devices with Marc Fennell of ABC Australia, his Interview on CNN with Becky Anderson and Sky News U.K. and his response to losing the government and accusing the U.S. of his regime change. The study aims to evaluate the potential impact of such strategies on public opinion and discourse and to help develop awareness to counter manipulative practices in political interviews. Using a qualitative approach and integrating social identity theory and self-categorisation theory, the study identifies logical fallacies, emotional and loaded language, and diversionary techniques as the most frequently used manipulative strategies. It also highlights the effectiveness of emotionally charged language and rhetorical devices in swaying public opinion. The study concludes that politicians worldwide use similar techniques and rhetorical devices to persuade, guide, or manipulate the public and provide insights into the nature of political discourse in Pakistan.

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Published

2024-01-01

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How to Cite

Rasool, M. M. U., Naeem, A., & Rehman, A. S. U. (2024). An Analysis of Discursive Manipulative Strategies and Rhetorical Devices in Political Interviews of Ousted Prime Minister Imran Khan. Pakistan Languages and Humanities Review, 8(1), 46–59. https://doi.org/10.47205/plhr.2024(8-I)05