English Language Study
“How is language used in political speeches?”
Political speeches have the ability to create and design an outcome of any situation. I will be analysing how language is used in political speeches. Explaining how language is used by politics to persuade an audience, through their use of vocabulary, slogans and metaphors. In both a motivational and discussion situation.
Motivational speeches have the ability to persuade a national audience in voting for a selected political party. The key in grasping voters is the language used. During the 2007 national election, Kevin Rudd was able to influence tens of thousands of voters. This was done by Kevin Rudd using the concept of change. Kevin Rudd’s mission objective was to ‘Seize the opportunities of today, to invest in the Australia of tomorrow’. This thought provoking statement promises a change from the old, shady ways of which the past government had approached issues, such as climate change. To a greater and superior nation then it’s previous one.
Kevin Rudd’s wise choice in words had a major effect on the audience. His use of personal pronouns gave the audience a sense of private participation towards this new movement. During Kevin Rudd’s election speech, he would repeatedly say ‘Our nation, Australia’, instead of naming their political party’s name. Using these words ‘Our nation’, means that all Australian have the capabilities to invest in creating a better future. This motivates us/voters to choose and follow the movement which is Kevin Rudd’s political party. Idiomatic expressions can have a positive impact on the audience. When Kevin Rudd expresses his party’s future efforts in full filling their better policies, he says ‘We will roll up our sleeves’. Using the pronoun ‘we’ creates audience participation and the phrase ‘roll up our sleeves’ states how hard they intend to work, as when someone physically works hard they usually roll up their sleeves. This simple phrase emphasizes in...