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Student
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Supervisor
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Year of Graduation
Varvara Kruglyakova
Comparative Analysis of Speech, Portraits of French Presidents F.Hollande and N.Sarkozy (on the Material of Political Speeches, 2012-2014)
Political Linguistics
(Master’s programme)
7
2016
This thesis is devoted to comparative analysis of communicative portraits of former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and the acting head of state Francois Hollande on the material of their political speeches with use of discursive approach.

In the retrospective study were collected 9 presidential speeches (4 of the ex-president N. Sarkozy, 4 of F. Holland and the transcription of the TV debates hold between two politicians) covering the years 2012-2014. For the interpretation of the data were used discourse-analysis, lexico-semantic, syntactical analysis of the texts and the method of intent analysis.

The analysis of all the texts was carried on verbally-semantic, motivational and pragmatic and thesaurus levels to reveal as politician`s inherent personality traits, intentions and their behavioral characteristics but also values systems on which they rely not only as leaders and representatives of certain political parties, but as a spokesman for the interests of French democracy society.

The study found that the speech portraits of Sarkozy and F. Hollande have more differences than similarities, and they are expressed in non-identical verbal behavior, in the use of different tactics as part of the same strategies, in different styles of expression, objectified in the lexical and syntactic levels, as well as in various selection of values and concepts of discourses that partially rejects the hypothesis of the study.

The results of this research are expected to be used in the development of courses in rhetoric, political linguistics and speechwriting.

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