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Analysing Political Speeches: Rhetoric, Discourse and Metaphor (2nd edition)

Charteris-Black, Jonathan



Exploring speeches by public figures such as Emma Watson, Tony Blair, Donald Trump, Julia Gillard and Lady Gaga, this engaging textbook explains the ways in which political speeches can be analysed. It examines the role of language in speeches and how it can be used to challenge or reinforce prevailing social, cultural and political attitudes. Each chapter introduces a particular discourse approach and then applies this in a model analysis of a passage of text. The chosen texts concern issues of social, cultural and political importance that address topics of significant importance to the audience to which they were delivered. Students are encouraged to engage with the text and consider how approaches to text analysis, such as cohesion, context analysis and metaphor analysis, may be adapted to provide a more critical perspective.


Charteris-Black, J. (2018). Analysing Political Speeches: Rhetoric, Discourse and Metaphor (2nd edition). (2). Red Globe Press

Book Type Authored Book
Acceptance Date Oct 1, 2018
Online Publication Date Aug 24, 2018
Publication Date Aug 31, 2018
Deposit Date Oct 7, 2020
Edition 2
ISBN 9781352003963
Keywords Linguistics, Discourse Analysis
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