Transitivity Analysis of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

  • Sthephanny Moncada Linares Xiamen University, China
  • Xin Zhi-Ying Xiamen University, China
Keywords: Colombian peace process, Nobel Peace Prize, Systemic Functional Linguistics, Transitivity system

Abstract

The present document will offer an analysis of the Nobel Peace Prize acceptance lecture delivered by the former Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, from the fundaments of the transitivity system provided by the Systemic Functional Grammar theory. To attain this goal, a quantitative and qualitative research method approach was applied. Findings indicated that among the six transitivity process types, the material processes (54% - 205 realizations) dominate the speech whereas the verbal, existential, and behavioral processes are relatively low all together representing an overall occurrence of 10% (41 realizations). This reveals that the speaker’s main goal is to emphasize the actions that led to consolidating the Colombian peace process, placing him as the core actor of this achievement. Furthermore, by employing a narrative thread that connects the past, the present, and the future time, he can demonstrate to the world his capability as a governor who deserves to be awarded the Nobel Prize.

Author Biographies

Sthephanny Moncada Linares, Xiamen University, China

Sthephanny Moncada Linares is currently a Ph.D. candidate at the Department of English language and Literature, School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Xiamen University, China. She holds a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics: Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language (Pontificia Universidad Javeriana). During the school year 2012-2013, she served as a Spanish Assistant as a Foreign Language at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Her main research interests include systemic functional linguistics, Computer Assisted Language Learning, and material design.

Xin Zhi-Ying, Xiamen University, China

Dr. Xin Zhi-ying is a postdoctoral researcher from Sun Yat-sen University and holds the position of professor, supervisor of doctoral students, and Dean of the School of Foreign Languages and Cultures, Xiamen University, China. She specializes in systemic functional linguistics, discourse analysis, and language teaching.

Published
2020-06-08
How to Cite
Moncada Linares, S., & Zhi-Ying, X. (2020). Transitivity Analysis of Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos’ Nobel Peace Prize Lecture . International Journal of Language and Literary Studies, 2(2), 129-147. https://doi.org/10.36892/ijlls.v2i2.266
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