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Understanding Public Speaking

A Learner's Guide to Persuasive Oratory, 1st Edition

By Braj Mohan

Routledge India

146 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Description

Public speaking is a much coveted yet difficult art. This book illustrates the use of various linguistic devices and persuasive strategies with examples from the speeches of the powerful orators in history. It systematically draws on the various approaches to public speaking and persuasive discourse to present new insights and techniques.

The volume: 

  • Critically examines strategies of persuasive oratory.
  • Draws on extensive investigation of a sizable corpus of famous public speeches in history.
  • Focuses on the needs of those who want to brush-up their public speaking skills.

The volume will be a key reference for aspiring civil servants, lawyers, business and corporate professionals, and politicians. It will be of great interest to scholars of linguistics, and political and business communication.

Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. 1. Introduction 2. Theoretical Perspectives on Speech-Based Persuasion 3. Classical Theories of Public Speaking 4. Tropes and Figures of Speech in Persuasive Oratory 5. Words and Sentences in Public Speech 6. Structure of Public Speech 7. Connecting with the Audience 8. Introducing the Central Issue 9. Strategies of Elaboration and Amplification 10. Construction of Persuasive Discourse 11. Concluding a Public Speech 12. Delivery of Speech 13. Conclusion

About the Author

Dr Braj Mohan is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Linguistics and Contemporary English at the English and Foreign Languages University, Lucknow Campus. He specialises in Pragmatics and Sociolinguistics and has published numerous articles in the area of persuasive oratory and political rhetoric.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LAN004000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Communication Studies
LAN009050
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Sociolinguistics
LAN015000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Rhetoric
LAN026000
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Public Speaking
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POLITICAL SCIENCE / General
POL025000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Process / Leadership
POL046000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Commentary & Opinion
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SELF-HELP / General
SOC000000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / General
SOC052000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies