A Stylistic Study of Repetition and Ideology in Political Discourse: Donald Trump as a Case Study


  • Muayyad Omran Chiad, أ.م.د. University of Karbala College of Education for Humanities
  • Azhar Hassan Sallomi, أ.م.د. University of Karbala College of Education for Humanities




The challenging debates including the political one witness the presence of many ways conveying related views but not totally similar .Repetition is one of these variants which play an essential role in communication as speakers embrace a particular strategy in their choice to accomplish certain tasks. This paper investigates the phenomenon of repetition, its individualities, categories, the motives behind the manifestation of its different types, and the ideological function in the political discourse of Donald Trump, the president of the United States. Both Kemertelidze and Manjavidze’s (2013) model and van Dijk’s (1988) ideological square are adopted to identify the sorts of repetition and ideology accessible in Trump speeches. Thus, repetition in the present study does not only refer to its role as a stylistic cohesive device, but also to its function as a rhetorical device that carries a definite ideology to the audience . The paper reveals that Trump tends to use repetition and specifically anaphora and epiphora as he realizes well how such forms enhance the rhythmic blend of speech owing to the development of intonation and sound uniqueness at initial or final position of a sentence. Additionally, Trump intends consciously to repeat a word, a phrase, and even a sentence to accomplish goals like illumination, prominence, persuasion, warning, making a point memorable, and creating cohesion .Using such a vital instrument , he succeeds to have his own effect or authority  upon listeners, manipulate them, and  accordingly form an attitude.


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