The Language of Power: Discourse Analysis and the Politics of Representation

Dr. Ayesha Khan

Department of Linguistics, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad

Keywords: Discourse analysis, politics, power, representation, ideology, hegemony, critical linguistics, resistance


This article examines the interplay between language, power, and representation in the domain of politics. Applying various discourse analytical frameworks, it argues that political discourse is not merely a tool for communication, but a strategic site where power dynamics are enacted and reproduced. Through meticulous analysis of linguistic choices, framing techniques, and narrative construction, the article deconstructs how dominant groups maintain their power by shaping public understanding of reality and silencing marginalized voices. It emphasizes the significance of critical discourse analysis in uncovering hidden ideological agendas and challenging hegemonic narratives. Ultimately, the article calls for a more nuanced understanding of the political implications of language and advocates for the use of discourse analysis as a tool for resistance and empowerment.