Anatomizing Ideology Below the Clause: The Transitivity Analysis of Iqbal’s Mukalma Jibra.īl-o-Iblīs (Gabriel and Lucifer)


  • Dr. Asifa Qasim Assistant Professor, Department of English & Translation Studies, Qassim University, KSA Author



Transitivity Analysis, Halliday, Ideologies, Jibra.īl-o-Iblīs, Systemic Functional Linguistics


This paper aims at exploring how ideology is construed in a text and how the text bears significant meaning potentials. Drawing on Systemic-functional Linguistics (Halliday and Matthiessen, 2014), particularly on the Transitivity analysis, it examines how language serves in terms of two folds of structural social semiotics and ideology representation. The study probes out how the constituent analysis (Transitivity analysis) could be significant in unfolding the meaning potential of a text. The data was taken from the text of the poem ‘Jibra.īl -o-Iblīs'. The data was comprised of the twenty-two sentences taken from the text of the poem which was later transliterated and translated for the purpose of analysis. The purposive sampling tool has been significantly helpful in the excerption of data, and a mixed-method approach has been employed in terms of analysis. Findings suggested that the poem reflects five process types which were Material, Mental, Verbal, Relational, and Existential and the participants been detected were Actor, Goal, Scope, Range, Beneficiary, Target, Senser, Phenomenon, Verbiage, Sayer, Token, Value, Attribute, Carrier, and Existent. Also, the types of circumstance detected in the analysis were Circumstance of Manner, Location, Role, Contingency, Angle, Cause, Accompaniment, and Extent. To configure the dominant process type, Bungin’s statistical approach (2001) was employed. It is acknowledged that the dominant process type in the poem was the verbal process (47%) and the subsequent was the material process (27%). Findings also foreshadow that poem's meaning potential is blueprinted on a spiritual aura which is being communicated mainly through the verbal process and material process subsequently. This paper focuses only on the transitivity analysis the future research could be done about interpersonal or textual metafunction analysis of the poem.




How to Cite

Dr. Asifa Qasim. (2023). Anatomizing Ideology Below the Clause: The Transitivity Analysis of Iqbal’s Mukalma Jibra.īl-o-Iblīs (Gabriel and Lucifer). University of Chitral Journal of Linguistics and Literature, 5(I), 258-278.

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