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《Journal of Changshu Institute of Technology》 2017-06
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A Comparative Study of Interpersonal Function in Political Speeches: A Case Study of Inaugural Speeches by Theresa May and David Cameron

YANG Lu;School of Foreign Languages, Guangxi University;  
Based on the interpersonal function of systemic functional grammar, this paper analyzes the construction of interpersonal meanings in the inaugural speech of Theresa May and that of David Cameron from the perspectives of personal pronoun, mood and modality. It is found that there exist both similarities and differences in the construction of interpersonal meanings. In terms of similarities, both of them make good use of first person to express their wills and establish their authority, try to shorten interpersonal distance through modal verbs of median and low degree of modality, and utilize the indicative mood to state their opinions and win supporters. In terms of differences, they result from both their preference to modal verbs of high degree of modality and their choice of second person verbs against their respective inaugural background. Therefore, a comparative study of different inaugural speeches in the light of systemic functional grammar will help to gain an in-depth understanding of the organization and informational purpose of political speeches.
【CateGory Index】: H315
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