Language

The language used in Barack Obama's announcement speech is typical of official political discourse. It is formal, empathetic, and the message is conveyed in a serious tone. Remember that the purpose of the speech was to announce Barack Obama’s candidacy for the preside…

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Choice of words

Because the speech is meant to appeal to the general American public, the language is simple, understandable, and the choice of words reflects the issues that Americans…

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Sentence structure

The sentence structure reveals that the speech was prepared in advance. There are no breaks or interruptions in the speech, and the sentences have a natural (but formal) flow to them. Furthermore, they are often of medium …

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Tone

The tone of the speech is serious and formal. Often, the speaker uses a concerned tone which is later combined with a more hopeful optimistic one, aimed at suggesting that, despite ha…

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