The Resource Talking with the President : the pragmatics of Presidential language, John Wilson

Talking with the President : the pragmatics of Presidential language, John Wilson

Label
Talking with the President : the pragmatics of Presidential language
Title
Talking with the President
Title remainder
the pragmatics of Presidential language
Statement of responsibility
John Wilson
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
This book provides a pragmatic analysis of presidential language. Pragmatics is concerned with "meaning in context," or the relationship between what we say and what we mean. John Wilson explores the various ways in which U.S. Presidents have used language within specific social contexts to achieve specific objectives. This includes obfuscation, misdirection, the use of metaphor or ambiguity, or in some cases simply lying. He focuses on six presidents: John F. Kennedy, Richard M. Nixon, Ronald W. Reagan, William F. Clinton, George W. Bush, and Barack H. Obama. These presidents cover most of the last half of the twentieth century, and the first decade of the twenty first century, and each has been associated with a specific linguistic quality. John F. Kennedy was famed for his quality of oratory, Nixon for his manipulative use of language, Reagan for his gift of telling stories, Clinton for his ability to engage the public and to linguistically turn arguments and descriptions in particular directions. Bush, on the other hand, was famed for his inability to use language appropriately, and Obama returns us to the rhetorical flourishes of early Kennedy. In the case of each president, a range of specific examples are explored in order to highlight the ways in which a pragmatic analysis may provide an insight into presidential language. In many cases, what the president says is not necessarily what the president means
Cataloging source
N$T
Dewey number
973.9201/41
Index
index present
LC call number
P301.5.P67
LC item number
W55 2015eb
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • dictionaries
  • bibliography
Label
Talking with the President : the pragmatics of Presidential language, John Wilson
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
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  • net
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Hail to the Chief: Pragmatics and the President -- Chapter Two: Talking pragmatics with the best and the brightest: John F Kennedy -- Chapter Three: Lies, truth, and somewhere in between: Richard M. Nixon -- Chapter Four: The narrative Presidency: Ronald Regan and stories from the White House -- Chapter Five: It's language Jim, but not as we know it: William J Clinton -- Chapter Six: Bring em on! the empire strikes back: George W Bush -- Chapter Seven: There and back again with Barack H Obama
Control code
ocn902804360
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780199858811
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Quality assurance targets
unknown
http://library.link/vocab/recordID
.b34617498
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (OCoLC)902804360
  • ebl0199858810

Library Locations

    • Deakin University Library - Geelong Waurn Ponds CampusBorrow it
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