Presuppositions and strategic functions in Bush’s 20/9/2001 speech
A critical discourse analysis
This paper provides a critical discourse analysis of presuppositions and strategic functions, in addition to brief comments on the use of propaganda devices in the speech delivered by George W. Bush nine days after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon and some other US targets, September 11, 2001. This approach makes it possible to explore the tension between idealism and pragmatism, the conflict between ‘us’ and ‘them’, and the other aspects of ideologies and power relationships found in the speech.
Keywords: presupposition, strategic functions, propaganda devices, idealism and pragmatism, Us and Them
Published online: 15 January 2008
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