Textual, intertextual and rhetorical features in political discourse: the case of president Obama in Europe


  • Conchi Hernández-Guerra Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria




Political discourse, Rhetorical analysis, Intertextuality


A political discourse contains some features that must be constant in them to be recognized and understood by the audience as such but, at the same time, must fulfill the purpose of transmitting the message aimed in that venue with a personal and original style. This is commonly done through layers of direct or subtle content. One of the most important political orators in the twentieth century is undoubtedly President Barack Obama. Even his detractors recognize the high level of his speeches.

The aim of this paper is to do a comprehensive analysis of the speech uttered by the President of the United States at Strasbourg, France in a very delicate political moment to reveal the rhetorical and intertextual means used to fulfill the purpose. The reason for his visit to Europe in 2009 was to explain the needs for the collaboration in the Afghan war in a moment in which Europe was against this participation.


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Author Biography

Conchi Hernández-Guerra, Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Profesora contratada docotr en el Departamento de Filología Moderna de la Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


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