publication . Master thesis . 2016

Understanding the Linguistic Characteristics of the Great Speeches

Mouritzen, Kristian;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2016
  • Country: Denmark
This dissertation attempts to find the common traits of great speeches. It does so by closely examining the language of some of the most well-known speeches in world. These speeches are presented in the book Speeches that Changed the World (2006) by Simon Sebag Montefiore. The dissertation specifically looks at four variables: The beginnings and endings of the speeches, the use of passive voice, the use of personal pronouns and the difficulty of the language. These four variables are based on the advice given by speechwriter Richard Dowis in his book the Lost Art of the Great Speech (2000). The variables are analysed and the results prove a number of things, the...
free text keywords: Speeches, Linguistics, how to write a speech
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