alexa Vote for Me! A Corpus Linguistic Analysis of American Presidential Debates using Functional Grammar

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Vote for Me! A Corpus Linguistic Analysis of American Presidential Debates using Functional Grammar

As a result of the breakthrough of television and radio at the beginning of the twentieth century, people have become more involved in political actions. Such political actions are represented in voting for a certain presidential candidate rather than the other. The success of handling political discourse encourages voters to make their choices either siding for one or refusing another. All aspects of language are supposed to be studied when it comes to analyzing a given text, for instance, pragmatics, semantics, syntax, and phonology and phonetics. Language is not the main goal. It gains its importance from the surrounding conditions and circumstances. Wodak argues, “Language is not powerful on its own. It gains power by the use powerful people make of it”.

 
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