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Journal of Linguistics and Literature. 2020, 4(1), 40-44
DOI: 10.12691/jll-4-1-4
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Discourse Analysis on Martin Luther King’s Speech ‘I Have a Dream’

Ibtesam AbdulAziz Bajri1, and Layla Mohammad Mariesel1

1Department of English Language, Faculty of Languages and Translation, University of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Pub. Date: December 26, 2019

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Ibtesam AbdulAziz Bajri and Layla Mohammad Mariesel. Discourse Analysis on Martin Luther King’s Speech ‘I Have a Dream’. Journal of Linguistics and Literature. 2020; 4(1):40-44. doi: 10.12691/jll-4-1-4


This paper aims to examine Martin Luther King’s speech “I Have a Dream” using Gee’s [1] building tasks. To specify, the paper will highlight King’s use of language to build and destroy identity, relationship, and politics. Furthermore, analysis shows the ideologies and philosophical dogmas behind the speech, which relates to freedom, equality, and civil rights.

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