For example: metaphors, contrastive pairs and tripartite structures.
Orwell points out, in his essay, "...political language has to consist largely of euphemism, question-begging and sheer cloudy vagueness." He also stresses, "Political language...
is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." Orwell suggests a number of rules that politicians should (but do not) follow: 1.
Never use a metaphor, simile or other figure of speech which you are used to seeing in print 2. If it is possible to cut out a word, always cut it out 4. Middle The three consecutive simple sentences; "Never done it before. Never imagined it before." emphasise the great accomplishment a third term in government would be.
The minor sentence "Power, wealth and opportunity in the hands of the many, not the few." contains three abstract nouns "power," "wealth" and "opportunity" forming a tripartite structure.
All imply the way of life that Labour wants for the public, and continues with their theme of equal opportunity as well as insinuating that he wishes to increase the strength of Britain. Conclusion I learnt a lot about the language of politicians throughout this investigation and broadened my knowledge of the language features used within political speeches.However, as the speeches were very long, given the time constraint, I could only analyse the texts to a certain extent and so chose only the key linguistic features that I believed were most important.If I had more time I would look at further features of the speeches, but I do feel that a sufficiently in depth analysis has been made.Power can be gained in many ways, in a dictatorship by force, in a democracy through law, or often a much more successful technique; through the power of persuasion.This method is often found in political speeches, and is used to coerce people into embracing a politician's goals.I could have also looked at a smaller party such as, the British Nationalist Party (BNP).In doing this I could have compared the speech of the BNP leader to that of Tony Blair and perhaps established why he not such a popular candidate for government.If I were to perform a further investigation I would transcribe a speech from a spoken recording.In doing this I could not only look at linguistic features such as lexis and grammar but phonology and speech features.Through use and repetition of the qualitative adjective "lucky," a sense that Labour feels blessed to be a part of the British government is given, surely a compliment to the public.The noun phrase, "A cabinet of talented men and women" suggests that Labour is capable of a 3rd term as its members are skilled at their roles.