Style of language


The sentences in Joe Biden’s 2020 victory speech are generally short and to the point, focusing on an idea that the speaker wants to express. For instance: “For that is what America is about: the people. And this is what our administration will be about. I sought this office to restore the soul of America” (ll. 9-11). These sentences are mainly meant to inform. They express ideas in a simple and concise way. Some of the shorter sentences even lack a verb, for instance, the one which lists the characteristics of Biden’s coalition members: “Democrats, Republicans and Independents. Progressives, moderates and conservatives. Young and old.” (ll. 29-31). Another such example is when Biden mentions battles which need to be fought: “The battle to control the virus. The battle to build prosperity.” (ll. 50...

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