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Pragmatics

Table 8.30 shows a successful use of 1st person plural with a 57% rate and we being stated 21 times. It also confirms an earlier statement about the speech’s confident style, showing 24% of pronouns dedicated to 1st person singular, namely I being used 11 times. Though Reagan did not use any rhetorical questions or let us/let’s, his speech still comes across as considerate and aware of the audience needs as demonstrated by the following sentence, directly addressing the European forces through the friendly pronoun you.

I would only say you have the permanent gratitude of the American people.

Reagan also uses pronouns to help him appear as a valiant leader, using I as a source of power and authority and you as a communicative tool.

we will respond so long as I'm in this Oval Office





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