Transitivity Analysis of American President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address
International Journal of Literature and Arts
Volume 6, Issue 2, March 2018, Pages: 28-34
Received: Apr. 13, 2018; Accepted: May 8, 2018; Published: May 31, 2018
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Zhu Yujie, Foreign Languages Department, School of Humanities, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin, China
Li Fengjie, Foreign Languages Department, School of Humanities, Tianjin University of Finance and Economics, Tianjin, China
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Abstract
Political public speeches cause a large amount of attention, due to their political, economic and cultural influence. This thesis adopts Systemic-Functional Grammar as its theoretical framework to conduct a transitivity analysis in American President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address. The aim of this thesis is to find the political motivation hidden by the form of language. At the same time, this thesis tries to explore the deep social significance via transitivity analysis of the ideational function. In Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address, the material process is the most frequently used process. The relational process and the mental process take the second and the third respectively. In transferring power to the people, material process is strongly involved. In advocating for U.S. interests in international contacts -- America first, relational process top the list of all the six processes. In recovering the audience’s confidence and looking forward to a better future, American President Donald Trump applied different mental processes. On the basis of the study, the researchers can better understand the thinking manner and cultural features of Westerners. Besides, it is a worthy study to uncover more differences of language expression between the East and the West.
Keywords
Process, Transitivity, Functional Linguistics, Trump’s Inaugural Address
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Zhu Yujie, Li Fengjie, Transitivity Analysis of American President Donald Trump’s Inaugural Address, International Journal of Literature and Arts. Vol. 6, No. 2, 2018, pp. 28-34. doi: 10.11648/j.ijla.20180602.11
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