A critical language study of Tanzanian presidential Kiswahili political oratory

  • Azaveli Feza Lwaitama

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


The thesis discusses the result of a critical language study (CLS) of Tanzanian Presidential Kiswahili political oratory (TPKPO). The CLS was motivted by the belief that one of the principal contributions that linguists could make to the survival and development of their societies is to adopt what Shapiro (1990:12) paraphrasing Foucault (1977) has callled "a commitment to a form of inquiry aimed at the continuous disruption of the structures of "intelligibility" upon which some of the prevailing hegemonic political prejudices and biases are based. Faifclough's (1989) ideas regarding the need for and how to conduct CLS were dapted to suit the specific goal of the curren study which was to determine the inter and intra speker vriation within contemporary Tanzanian Kiswahili political discourse taking the oratory ex-president J. K. Nyerere and tha of Prersident A. H. Mwinyi as a case in point. The results of the study, which adopted a largely ethnographic research design, permit one to make two important observations about TPKPO.
Date of AwardJun 1992
Original languageEnglish


  • Discourse analysis
  • political discourse
  • political oratory
  • spoken versus written language
  • Swahili stylistics
  • Tanzanian politics

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