A Speech Act Analysis to the Utterances of the Animated Cartoon Series: The Adventures of Tintin

  • Shaymaa Heider Kareem College of Basic Education/ Salahaddin University-Erbil
  • Salam N. Bakir College of Basic Education- Salahaddin University-Erbil
Keywords: Animated Cartoon Series, Verbal Communication, Speech Act Theory


The current study concerns with speech acts produced by two selected characters’ utterances in the series ‘The Destination Moon’ and ‘Explorers on the Moon’. The study aims to explore the intended meanings of both characters Tintin's and Captain's utterances in verbal communication. It also explores how animated cartoon series is analyzed and to what extent the speech act theory proposed by Searle (1969) can apply to the utterances of the animated cartoon series ‘The Destination Moon’ and ‘Explorers on the Moon’ in ‘The Adventures of Tintin’. The study uses exploratory sequential mixed-methods for analyzing utterances. The researcher collects data from an audiovisual series. The study uses the model of Searle’s (1969) speech act theory. The first result of this study indicate that the characters used direct and indirect speech acts in the series. The second result of this study is Assertives category, the more prominent illocutionary acts (ILAs) in the series has ranged 46%. Besides, the directives category is second ILAs which is 37% and followed by expressives, commissives and declaratives. The third result of this study is that the utterances of both characters used the satisfaction rule for performing effective speech acts. This study is expected to give some useful insights into understanding what speech acts are in the animated cartoon series.


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How to Cite
Kareem S, Bakir S. A Speech Act Analysis to the Utterances of the Animated Cartoon Series: The Adventures of Tintin. JAHS [Internet]. 19Sep.2019 [cited 29Jul.2021];23(4):322 -341. Available from: https://zancojournals.su.edu.krd/index.php/JAHS/article/view/2878