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Full article in PDF format | DOI: 10.3176/tr.2016.2.05

Mehwish Zahoor, Fauzia Janjua


The study aimed at analysing the transitivity patterns used in the popular song “I am Malala”. The song is an attempt by the Western media to pay tribute to Malala Yousafzai – a young girl from Pakistan – internationally acknowledged for her advocacy of women’s education. The objective of the study was to analyse the character of Malala as portrayed through an anonymous girl’s voice in the song. Transitivity analysis proposed by M. A. K. Halliday under Systemic Functional Grammar (SFG) served as the tool of the study. The results of the study revealed the scope of transitivity analysis in yielding a better understanding of the construction of characters in a “tributive song” composed to pay tribute to important public figures.


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