By Christina Schaffner
This quantity offers with political speeches, really commemorative addresses, from the point of view of serious discourse research. Such addresses are characterised as consultant and epideictic, as exemplified through 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 function of rhetoric inside of political discourse anlysis.
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Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! (Psalm 133:1). O. Box 716, NL-9700 AS Groningen, Holland The paper discusses the development of rhetorical analyses of political addresses from classical antiquity to modern political communication. A specific genre, the 'epideictic address', is described in detail. It concerns addresses by representative persons. Most epideictic addresses turn out to be 'hybrid' texts because they combine an orientation towards (rhetorical-political) persuasion with an impetus to new 'expressions' which henceforward may be used in order to link socio-cultural practices with personal-political experiences.
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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).
Analyzing Political Speeches by Christina Schaffner