Volume 17, Issue 4, Autumn 2017, Page 1-218

The Employment of Evasion in One of Obama’s Interviews: A Pragmatic Study

M.A Student; Hussein Hakim Al-Arbawi; Asst.Prof Besma Khalid Al-Umaishy; Asst. Prof Salima Abdulzahra

Journal of Al-qadisiya in arts and educational sciense, 2017, Volume 17, Issue 4, Pages 208-218

The present paper aims at examining the employment of evasion- one of the pragmatic strategies that
are employed by politicians in the political interviews. The study investigates evasion from a pragmatic
perspective, in relation to Grice’s Cooperative Principle (1975) and Brown and Levinson’s theory of
Politeness (1987). The paper consists of two sections, the first section is a theoretical one. It gives a brief
account of the circumstances in which politicians use evasion, the functions that evasion fulfill, and the
tactics by which politicians do evasion. The second section is a practical one. It is comprised of the data
in which the researcher investigates the employment of evasion in the political interview. The researcher
downloaded the data from the website of CBS News channel. The results sum up the conclusions that the
researcher has reached at. Among these conclusions is that evasion plays a pivotal role in the political
interview, and politicians employ it to fulfill various pragmatic functions such as preserving face, keeping
away from dilemmas, negative reactions, and blame.