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By Christina Schaffner

This quantity offers with political speeches, rather commemorative addresses, from the point of view of severe discourse research. Such addresses are characterised as consultant and epideictic, as exemplified by way of an deal with fo the Dutch Queen Beatrix to the Knesset in the course of her 1995 kingdom stopover at to Israel. serious attention is given to the function of rhetoric inside political discourse anlysis.

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Instead, it expects the clear articulation of generally accepted values and norms. Only in those moments preceding official and public debate can an orator burdened with representational duties try to be innovative:he can set the tone for the discussion of certain subjects. Generally though, representation is modelled according to the expectations of the audience, not least in the case of speeches and interviews held during election campaigns. In the latter situation, all statements will be heard as being part of the political party programme.

In this way, we can anticipate a more precise definition of the genre of political speech which is the issue here. Singularity vs. e. the persuasion of those present with regard to the point at issue. Note that this model only pertains to pre-modern forms of democracy, as in the city states of antiquity where decisions concerning persons or states of affairs were taken by the assembly of all citizens. Pericles' speeches in the market place of the polis of Athensthe proper paradigmare no longer appropriately described, however, as the typical speeches of democracy.

Moreover, for someone presumed to rise above political parties, to speak for all citizens, it is imperative to avoid even the slightest misunderstanding. This special kind of representation necessarily implies some indeterminateness with respect to the formulations used. ). ). In any case, the Dutch are willing to accept a relatively large number of indeterminate phrases and a formal, non-personally involved text structure. Given this order of expectation, the (national) audience will measure all public speeches by Queen Beatrix in the context of consensus which is in keeping with the tradition upheld by Queen Beatrix' predecessor, her mother, now Princess Juliana.

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