AWEJ for Translation & Literary Studies, Volume 2, Number 3. August   2018                                    Pp.43- 67

The Use of Synonyms in Parliamentary Speeches in Jordan

Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts, Yarmouk University
Irbid, Jordan

Department of English Language and Literature
Faculty of Arts,Yarmouk University
Irbid, Jordan


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This study investigates the use of synonyms in Parliamentary speeches in Jordan and explains their main functions. Together with other important rhetorical devices used by politicians in their speeches such as repetition, metaphor, personification, rhetorical questions, and irony, synonyms were found to abound in political speeches in Jordan. More than 270 such synonyms were unveiled in only twenty speeches, which were the source of the data of the present paper. The study has revealed that the most important functions of synonyms used by politicians include emphasis and assertion, expressing emotions and feelings, praise and esteem, clarification, criticism, dissatisfaction, and others. Many synonyms have been found, however, to express no specific function and are considered redundant.

Cite as:

Bader, Y., &  Badarneh, S. (2018). The Use of Synonyms in Parliamentary Speeches in Jordan. Arab World English Journal for Translation & Literary Studies, 2 (3).


Yousef F. Bader is a professor of English and Linguistics at Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan.
He is currently teaching and supervising MA theses for graduate students in linguistics at this
university. He has about 30 published papers on such topics as comparative English-Arabic
studies, especially codeswitching, Arabic semantics and sociolinguistics. https://orcid.org/0000-

Sohad Badarneh holds an MA degree in linguistics and a BA in English Language and
Literature from Yarmouk University, Irbid, Jordan. She is currently teaching English Language
to Secondary School students in Jordan. Her research interests include pragmatics, EFL
teaching, and contrastive analysis. https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3821-6830