Analysis of Implicature of a Vice Chancellor’s Speech through the Gricean Conversational Maxim Lenses: A Case of a Selected Ghanaian Technical University
Keywords:Ghana, implicature, investiture speech, technical university, vice chancellor
Implicature is a vital ingredient that fosters the understanding of utterances between interlocuters. This study analysed the implicature of the speech of the Vice Chancellor of the Meedy Technical University through the Gricean Conversational Maxim lenses. The qualitative research method (specifically, the single case study design) was employed for this study. The data was in the form of the Vice Chancellor’s investiture speech delivered in 2019. O’Leary’s (2014) eight steps of conducting document analysis was followed to analyse the speech. It was found that Grice’s maxims of Quality, Quantity and Manner were violated in the Vice Chancellor’s speech, albeit the implicatures of the message were understood by the audience because of setting, time and culture.