Schematic Figures As Foregrounding Elements in John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech


A writer's style of persuasion is worth analysing, especially when this style can serve as a powerful tool to convey the writer's persuasive goal in a speech as well as to highlight the aesthetics of the language used. In this case, a writer can use certain linguistic features to function as foregrounding elements in the story. This paper focuses on the use of schematic figures used by John F. Kennedy in his inaugural speech in 1961, Ask Not What Your Country Can Do for You; Ask What You Can Do for Your Country. Schematic figures are those dealing with excessive order or regularity, such as in the repetition of sounds, words or structures, both in a simple and complex way. Furthermore, this paper will see how these features become interesting foregrounding elements that can attract the readers' attention so that they will be more noticeable for the readers . The method used in analyzing this is the descriptive method with the referential technique. The grand theory used is Stylistics, which is a study of style in language, or more specifically, the study of distinctive linguistic features. This analysis results in the finding that the schematic figures are proved to be powerful features in realizing the persuasive goal.

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Trisnowati Tanto, Maranatha Christian University, Indonesia

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Conference: ACAH2016
Stream: Humanities - Language, Linguistics

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