master's thesis
The Rhetoric of American Politicians

Maja Butković (2016)
University of Zadar
Department of English
Metadata
TitleThe Rhetoric of American Politicians
AuthorMaja Butković
Mentor(s)Sanja Škifić (thesis advisor)
Abstract
This MA thesis deals with the relationship between language and politics. Language is the primary human means of communication. It is also incorporated in social relations, which is where power relations and politics come into question. The main premise of this MA thesis, which was presented in its theoretical part, was that the language used by politicians in their political speeches is not only a means of political agenda, but also a result of it, i.e. that there is a close relation between politicians’ linguistic choices and their desired impacts. To prove the thesis of the theoretical part of this paper, a corpus of twenty political speeches (ten given by George W. Bush and ten by Barack Obama) was analyzed in order to identify and examine the rhetorical devices used by politicians in general, and George W. Bush and Barack Obama, respectively. The results of the analyses have shown that their linguistic choices were highly related to their desired power relations, as well as with the policies which these politicians promoted.
Parallel title (Croatian)Retorika američkih političara
Committee MembersLidija Štrmelj (committee chairperson)
Sanja Škifić (committee member)
Anna Martinović (committee member)
GranterUniversity of Zadar
Lower level organizational unitsDepartment of English
PlaceZadar
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Anglistics
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelgraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major); specializations in: Teaching, Research
Study specializationTeaching
Academic title abbreviationmag. educ. philol. angl.
Genremaster's thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-07-04
Parallel abstract (Croatian)
Ovaj diplomski rad se bavi odnosom između jezika i politike. Jezik je primarno sredstvo ljudske komunikacije. Također je sastavni dio društvenih odnosa, gdje dolazi u pitanje odnos moći i politike. Glavna premisa ovog rada, koja je prezentirana u teorijskom dijelu, bila je da jezik koji političari koriste u svojim govorima nije samo sredstvo političkog programa, već i njegov rezultat; tj. da je odnos između jezičnih izbora političara i njihovih željenih učinaka vrlo blizak. Kako bi se dokazala teza predstavljena u teorijskom dijelu ovoga rada, korpus od dvadeset političkih govora (deset Georgea W. Busha i deset Baracka Obame) je analiziran kako bi se identificirali i istražili retorička sredstva političara uopće, ali i Georgea W. Busha i Baracka Obame zasebno. Rezultati analize pokazali su da su njihovi jezični izbori vrlo povezani s njihovim željenim odnosima moći, kao i politikom koju su ovi političari zastupali.
Parallel keywords (Croatian)ideology politics rhetoric language linguistics ideologija politika retorika jezik lingvistika
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:162:685633
CommitterGorica Lovrić