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Language and politics: A study of presidential speeches of selected Ghanaian leaders

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dc.contributor.author Israel, P.C.
dc.contributor.author Botchwey, E.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-28T13:08:17Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-28T13:08:17Z
dc.date.issued 2017
dc.identifier.other 10.1080/00437956.2016.1275358
dc.identifier.uri http://ir.uew.edu.gh/xmlui/handle/123456789/390
dc.description Published in Word en_US
dc.description.abstract This study explores the illocutionary acts performed in Presidential Inaugural Addresses (PIAs) by Ghanaian presidents of the 4th republic and their intended communicative effects on the audience. It also investigates the indicators that give rise to these acts. This is a qualitative study which adopts an exploratory design. The sample speeches used are President J.E.A. Mills 2009 inaugural speech and President Mahamas 2013 inaugural speech. Rooted in Austins and Searles (SAT), the five classes of illocutionary speech acts delineated by Searle are significant in the speeches. They include assertives (60.89%), commissives (20.51%), expressives (11.54%) and directives (7.05%) of the total data. The study concludes that Presidential Inaugural Speeches (PIAs) are characterized by dominant performing of assertives and no declaratives. These illocutionary acts are used to depict past, present and future situations in the country and to inspire public confidence in the governments. The acts are indicated by the interplay of the time, the mood and the subject of the verb phrase of the proposition and the use of performative verbs. The study has implications for literature on African political speeches in general and particularly, presidential speeches. It also has implications for the SAT. ? 2017 International Linguistic Association. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Taylor and Francis Ltd. en_US
dc.subject Assertive en_US
dc.subject Commissives en_US
dc.subject Directives en_US
dc.subject Expressives en_US
dc.title Language and politics: A study of presidential speeches of selected Ghanaian leaders en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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