A PRAGMA-STYLISTIC ANALYSIS OF SUSAN COLLINS SENATE FLOOR SPEECH IN SUPPORT OF BRETT KAVANAUGH
The research offers an investigation of linguistics acts that are evident in Senate Floor Speech of Susan Collins by using pragma-stylistic approach. Therefore, the study mainly constrain on the types of speech acts such as locution, illocutionary and perlocutionary in the speech. Thus, one of the main objectives of the study is to identify the most prominent speech act by using Speech Act theory of Austin (1962) and Searle (1969). The researcher extracted (15) utterances from the speech script. The results of the study revealed the following data; declarative 40%, assertive – 30%, commisive – 20%, expressive – 6.66% and Verdictive– 3.33%. These outcomes proves that Susan Collins depended more on using sentences with a declarative acts than other speech acts in her Senate Floor Speech.