Communicator-in-Chief: A study of the rhetorical strategies President Clinton (1993) and President Kennedy (1961) used in their inaugural addresses.
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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.
Presidential rhetoric, rhetorical figures, anaphora, chiasmus, antithesis, alliterations, inaugural speeches, keywords and key phrases.
General Language Studies and Linguistics
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-117142OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-117142DiVA: diva2:810880
Alessio Ursini, Francesco, Lektor
Shaw, Philip, Professor