Analysis Of Donald Trump And Abraham Lincoln's Political Speech

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Key words: discourse analysis, political speeches, syntax, transitivity, grammatical cohesion. Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to critically analyze Donald Trump’s and Abraham Lincoln’s presidential speeches mainly from the point of syntactic peculiarities in which we can examine what is talked about and how it is presented by political leaders. This study is based on M.A.K. Halliday’s grammar model – the Systematic Functional Grammar which is a schemata for syntactic analysis of the political speeches. Moreover , we can achieve a better understanding of the political purpose of these speeches. Introduction Politics is a scene where certain political, social and economic ideas are put into practice in order to fight for the power. As one of the most famous British politician, Winston Churchill, delivered a speech in which he highlighted the significant peculiarities of politics: “You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is your aim? I can answer in one word: Victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” In this speech , he demonstrated his strong aspiration to win at all costs. Therefore, wise strategic plan, logical connection as well

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