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Pragmatics

Chart 8.26 yields interesting results, showing a balanced distribution of 1st person singular and plural, suggesting a tension between including and excluding the audience. Indeed, Nixon uses I almost a hundred times and we only 64 times, often judging issues from his point of view or stating all the actions he himself initiated.

Chart 8.26



While Nixon’s use of pronouns is inconclusive, the abundant use of audience involvement strategies is unmistakable as there are nine rhetorical questions posed and twelve instances of let us, making him the most effective user of audience involvement strategies so far.

In the following example A, and throughout the speech, Nixon uses pronouns to make sure to disassociate himself from the failures of the Vietnam War up to his point of intervention. He makes certain to portray himself as active, I did not wait, and honorable, my quest for peace.




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