Analyzing Political Speeches by Christina Schaffner

By Christina Schaffner

This quantity offers with political speeches, relatively commemorative addresses, from the viewpoint of severe discourse research. Such addresses are characterised as consultant and epideictic, as exemplified via an deal with fo the Dutch Queen Beatrix to the Knesset in the course of her 1995 nation stopover at to Israel. severe attention is given to the position of rhetoric inside political discourse anlysis.

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In this description, there is not much room for a non-homogeneous audience. Practitioners of classical rhetoric try to make distinctions based on a description of audience characteristics. 6 However, they do not discuss how an orator should deal with the contemporaneous presence of various groups of hearers, and modern politicians are relentlessly confronted with the latter. Multiple addressees and multiple addressing are essential constituents of a political speech situation nowadays (cf. Kühn, 1995).

It is an urgent duty, not only for governments but also for every individual citizen, < previous page page_29 next page > < previous page page_30 next page > Page 30 to be on the alert and react without hesitation to every sign of a revival of these dangers. (8) Experiences of the war, in particular, greatly contributed to the special bond that developed between our two countries after the war. The founding of the state of Israel was welcomed with great enthusiasm in the Netherlands: this state gave the Jewish people a place of its own and the legal security the countries of Europe had failed to provide.

On the one hand, there is the embedding into a pro-con structure which even includes earlier speeches by the orator himself, on the other hand, there are accredited texts that have already met with approval. He can achieve the latter only if he is able to avoid obvious contradictions between what he is actually saying now and what he has said before. He should adapt his current phrases to the words he used beforethat is, the audience should be able to (re-)construct the correspondence. A second transition to duotextuality can be based on the topos that overt contradiction, between words and deeds of a debater or between what has been said before and what is being said now, needs scrutiny.

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