A linguistic Study of Pleonasm in Samuel Beckett's the endgame


  • lina salam Farooq Almustansiriyah university




Pleonasm, semantic pleonasm, syntactic pleonasm, rhetorical function, Prolixity.


pleonasm is Unrelated or needless word that only duplicate what has already been said. According to Cruse (2000: 223), “[a] pleonastic relation between two elements occurs when one of them seems redundant, add nothing other than the semantic information that already given by the other element.”. In everyday interaction as well as writing, an economical usage of words is not always what we demand. The aim of this study is investigating the types of pleonasm and their rhetorical functions within the framework of drama. The results shows that Prolixity which is a type of semantic pleonasm is the most frequently used. On the other hand, Multiple Affirmation and Emphatic Reflexive Pronouns which are types of syntactic Pleonasm reads (zero). The dominant Rhetorical function of pleonasm is Emphasis and Clarity is the less ones.


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  • lina salam Farooq, Almustansiriyah university

    المدرس المساعد لينا سلام فاروق حاصلة على ماجستير لغة انكليزية\اللغة خريج جامعه بغداد كلية التربية ابن رشد. مكان العمل في جامعة المستنصرية كلية التربية البدنية وعلوم الرياضية


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A linguistic Study of Pleonasm in Samuel Beckett’s the endgame. (2024). ALUSTATH JOURNAL FOR HUMAN AND SOCIAL SCIENCES, 63(2), 1-18. https://doi.org/10.36473/ettda865

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