Inaugural Speech

Topics: Barack Obama, Nonverbal communication, Democratic Party Pages: 12 (3254 words) Published: December 13, 2010
Comparative Analysis of Language Used in Inaugural Speech of Barack Obama and Abhisit Vejjajiva

Presented to
A. Kemtong Sinwongsuwat
Mr. Steffen Ruholl


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Language for Development Program, Faculty of Liberal Arts
1. Introduction

2. Research questions

1. Are there differences and similarities between verbal and nonverbal language used in the inaugural speeches of Barack Obamaa and Abhisit Vejjajiva? 2. Are there any catch phrases found in the inaugural speeches of Barack Obama and Abhisit Vejjajiva?

3. Purposes of the study

1. To examine differences and similarities between verbal and nonverbal language used in the inaugural speeches of Barack Obamaa and Abhisit Vejjajiva. 2. To compare catch phrases found in inaugural speeches of Barack Obama and Abhisit Vejjajiva.

4. Literature Review

Language is very important for politics. Political power struggles have effects on the working inside governments. Moreover, it is an important aspect of socialization into governmental works. Political language, as Michael Geis points out in The Language of Politics, conveys both the linguistic meaning of what is said and the corpus, or a part of it, of the political beliefs underpinning any given statement. Literature reviews that relate in this research are divided into four main sections:

4.1Profile of Barack Obama and Abhisit Vejjajiva
4.2Literature review about verbal language
4.3Literature review about non-verbal language
4.4Related Research about political language

4.1Barack Obama and Abhisit Vejjajiva

Barack Hussein Obama is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. He previously served as a United States Senator from Illinois, from January 2005 until he resigned after his election to the presidency in November 2008. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, he is a graduate of Columbia University and Harvard Law School, where he was the president of the Harvard Law Review. He was a community organizer in Chicago before earning his law degree. He worked as a civil rights attorney in Chicago and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He served three terms in the Illinois Senate from 1997 to 2004. Following an unsuccessful bid against a Democratic incumbent for a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2000, he ran for United States Senate in 2004. In the 2008 general election, he defeated Republican nominee John McCain and was inaugurated as president on January 20, 2009. (Wikipedia 2010)

Abhisit Vejjajiva, Thailand's newly named prime minister, comes to the office with both youth and good looks on his side but daunting political and economic challenges ahead of him. He is definitely not from the hoi polloi. He was born on August 3, 1964, in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England, to Athasit and Sodsai Vejjajiva, both medical professors. He returned to England for his college studies, first attending Eton College and then Oxford University, where he got a bachelor's degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. At 44, He will be Thailand's youngest elected prime minister after Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej endorses his selection by Parliament in a 235-198 vote on Monday. Thai strongman Field Marshal Pibul Songkram was younger, only 41, when he became prime minister in 1938, but he came to power in a military coup. His youth and good looks have made him a popular candidate, especially among the ladies, in the capital where he was re-elected in the 1995, 1996, 2001, 2005 and 2007 polls. He became Democrat leader in 2005. His spoken English puts many...

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