A Stylistic Analysis of Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address

Haoming LIN


Inaugural address in an important part of inauguration ceremony and every new president conceives the speech as an opportunity to promote his policies in order to appealing for people’s support. A common ground is that all presidents are fully prepared for the inaugural address and every speech has become a classic work. Donald Trump, as the new president of America, are facing changes coming from the international environment, the class consolidation, the economic downturn, and the intensification of contradictions. His inaugural address is full of his personal temperament. Although numerous researchers such as Wang Zuoliang, Ding Wangdao and Xu Zhenzhong have analyzed the stylistic features of many public speakers from varied perspectives. But there are few analyses about Trump’s speech style. And the author intends to analyze the style of his address from the aspects of phonetic feature, vocabulary feature, rhetorical feature and syntax feature. According to the author’s findings, Donald Trump raised their people’s awareness of the status quo and patriotism with the help of his unique style of speech. This paper can help us better understand the stylistic feature of speech and the connotations of Trump’s inaugural address.


Donald Trump; Inaugural Address; Public Speaking; Stylistic Feature; Stylistics

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3968/11407


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