An Analysis of Graduation Resources in Concession Addresses
International Journal of Language and Linguistics
Volume 7, Issue 3, May 2019, Pages: 102-109
Received: Mar. 26, 2019; Accepted: May 8, 2019; Published: May 30, 2019
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Qi Li, School of Foreign Languages, Guangzhou College of Commerce, Guangzhou, P. R. China
Guoqing Li, International College, Guangzhou College of Commerce, Guangzhou, P. R. China
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The concession address is generally considered as the final swan song of a lost campaign, communicating the defeated presidential nominee’s thankfulness and gratitude to his or her supporters. Transcripts, videos or audios of concession addresses are easily accessible to the public via internet, television or even radio. With its easy accessibility, the concession address plays a significant part and has a high profile in the public’s daily life. Nonetheless, the researches on concession addresses are few and far between. Based on the system of Graduation within the Appraisal Theory, an analysis of graduation resources in concession addresses by American presidential nominees has been conducted. In this paper, the author aims to find how the political addresser to achieve alignment with the audience by using different kinds of graduation resources. The results show that American presidential nominees tend to be profusive in employing graduation resources, among which they are prone to employ far more Force resources than Focus resources in the given sample. This means that American presidential nominees are inclined to use force resources to highlight their attitudes and proper graduations, appropriately indicating their strong love to people and a strong sense of patriotism.
Graduation, Force, Focus, Concession Address
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Qi Li, Guoqing Li, An Analysis of Graduation Resources in Concession Addresses, International Journal of Language and Linguistics. Vol. 7, No. 3, 2019, pp. 102-109. doi: 10.11648/j.ijll.20190703.12
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