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The Construction of consensus around the American Presidency: a corpus-based analysis of five key lemmas in U.S. Presidential speeches

Pinna, Antonio <1967- > (2005) The Construction of consensus around the American Presidency: a corpus-based analysis of five key lemmas in U.S. Presidential speeches. Rassegna italiana di linguistica applicata, Vol. 35 (2-3), p. 283-302. eISSN 1970-2787. Article.

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DOI: 10.1400/57829

Abstract

The article considers the contextual relationships and the semantic variation of 5 lemmata belonging to the semantic field of 'power'. It aims to demonstrate how their use in a diachronic corpus of U.S. Presidential speeches testifies to the development of the relationships between the executive, legislative and judicial branches of government. Furthermore, it shows how this is to relate to the emergence of a new conception of a new conception of the Presidency, one with a specific rhetorical focus and an attention to the persuasive effects of its communication strategies. The use of the 5 lemmata shows how, during the 20th century, two strategies for the contruction of consensus around the Presidency have developed.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:3796
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords:U.S. presidential rhetoric, corpus semantics
Subjects:Area 10 - Scienze dell'antichità, filologico-letterarie e storico-artistiche > L-LIN/12 Lingua e traduzione - Lingua inglese
Divisions:001 Università di Sassari > 01 Dipartimenti > Scienze dei linguaggi
Publisher:Bulzoni
eISSN:1970-2787
Deposited On:30 Apr 2010 16:45

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