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Communicator-in-Chief: A study of the rhetorical strategies President Clinton (1993) and President Kennedy (1961) used in their inaugural addresses.
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This study has two main research goals. One goal consists in studying the patterns of

the rhetorical figures of anaphora, chiasmus, antithesis and alliteration in President

Kennedy and President Clinton‟s (1991) inaugural speeches. The uses of these

rhetorical figures are reviewed and compared. The second goal of this study is

reviewing, analysing and comparing the keywords and key phrases in both speeches.

This was possible with transcripts of the speeches. Both presidents used all the

aforementioned rhetorical figures in their speeches to convey their purpose of their

speeches. They had different approaches to their use of the devices; however,

similarities were found. The data collected concerning the keywords and key phrases

were retrieved with the software program AntCon. The 50 most frequent words in both

speeches were analyzed. There were some similarities in the frequent words used in the

speeches; however, there were more differences in the choice of words since the two

speeches conveyed different themes. Both presidents used similar rhetorical strategies to

convey different messages. However, they did differ in their choices of words that

seemed to act as themes for their speeches.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 43 p.
Keyword [en]
Presidential rhetoric, rhetorical figures, anaphora, chiasmus, antithesis, alliterations, inaugural speeches, keywords and key phrases.
National Category
General Language Studies and Linguistics
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117142OAI: diva2:810880
Available from: 2015-06-26 Created: 2015-05-08 Last updated: 2015-06-26Bibliographically approved

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