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A Man who Was Just an Incredible Man, an Incredible Man: Age Factors and Coherence in Donald Trump’s Spontaneous Speech


Ronan, Patricia; Schneider, Gerold (2020). A Man who Was Just an Incredible Man, an Incredible Man: Age Factors and Coherence in Donald Trump’s Spontaneous Speech. In: Schneider, Ulrike; Eitelmann, Matthias. Linguistic Inquiries into Donald Trump’s Language : From ‘Fake News’ to ‘Tremendous Success’. London: Bloomsbury, 62-84.

Abstract

Age Factors and Coherence in Donald Trump’s Spontaneous Speech Patricia Ronan Gerold Schneider Donald Trump was seventy years old when he assumed office on January 20, 2017. Considering the style of his language, we can observe that Trump uses simple, populist language in order to reach his audience. Occasionally, however, his speech is characterized by a striking incoherence — to such a degree that it has come to be repeatedly parodied (Sclafani 2018: 71–2) . Some journalists wonder “Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change? ” (Begley 2017) . Referring to a statement that Trump had given at a press conference, Begley comments: When President Trump offered that response to a question at a press conference last week, it was the latest example of his tortured syntax, mid-thought changes of subject, and apparent trouble formulating complete sentences, let alone a coherent paragraph, in unscripted speech. (Begley 2017)...

Abstract

Age Factors and Coherence in Donald Trump’s Spontaneous Speech Patricia Ronan Gerold Schneider Donald Trump was seventy years old when he assumed office on January 20, 2017. Considering the style of his language, we can observe that Trump uses simple, populist language in order to reach his audience. Occasionally, however, his speech is characterized by a striking incoherence — to such a degree that it has come to be repeatedly parodied (Sclafani 2018: 71–2) . Some journalists wonder “Trump wasn’t always so linguistically challenged. What could explain the change? ” (Begley 2017) . Referring to a statement that Trump had given at a press conference, Begley comments: When President Trump offered that response to a question at a press conference last week, it was the latest example of his tortured syntax, mid-thought changes of subject, and apparent trouble formulating complete sentences, let alone a coherent paragraph, in unscripted speech. (Begley 2017)...

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > English Department
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Computational Linguistics
06 Faculty of Arts > Zurich Center for Linguistics
Dewey Decimal Classification:820 English & Old English literatures
Uncontrolled Keywords:Discourse Analysis, Linguistics, Communication Studies, Corpus and Computational Linguistics, Political Communication
Language:English
Date:2020
Deposited On:19 Feb 2021 07:56
Last Modified:19 Feb 2021 07:56
Publisher:Bloomsbury
ISBN:978-1-3501-1551-4
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.5040/9781350115545.0009

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