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“I will give it my all!” : personal pronouns in the announcement speeches of the United States Presidential candidates in 2016

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Author: Lehojärvi, Emilia1
Organizations: 1University of Oulu, Faculty of Humanities, English Philology
Format: ebook
Version: published version
Access: open
Online Access: PDF Full Text (PDF, 2.9 MB)
Persistent link: http://urn.fi/URN:NBN:fi:oulu-201602031105
Language: English
Published: Oulu : E. Lehojärvi, 2016
Publish Date: 2016-02-03
Physical Description: 43 p.
Thesis type: Bachelor's thesis
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This study investigates the roles of personal pronouns ’I’ and ’they’ in constructing ’self’ and ’others’ in presidential announcement speeches. It also tries to identify differences in personal pronoun usage between seasoned politicians and newcomers. The analysis is conducted using Norman Fairclough’s approaches to critical discourse analysis (CDA). The findings of this thesis show that the politicians in question use variant categories to show different sides of their personality and try to enhance their own positive image by making their opponents (the others) look less attractive. The analysis also suggests that there seems to be a difference between veteran politicians and novice politicians.

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Copyright information: © Emilia Lehojärvi, 2016. This publication is copyrighted. You may download, display and print it for your own personal use. Commercial use is prohibited.