The Language of Oratory

Some language effects used in oral transactional texts and speeches. Note: Some of these appear in poetic texts also.

RHETORICAL DEVICES
Rhetorical means language and effects used to impress or persuade the audience.

CONSCIOUS USE OF PERSONAL PRONOUNS
As speakers we want to make our audience agree with us in our viewpoints and be against things we are against. The deliberate use of including or excluding pronouns help speakers do this.

EMOTIVE LANGUAGE
Similar in effect to use of pronouns, choice of words packed with emotion can influence an audience for or against your ideas, to be with you or against you.


Some language effects used in oral & written transactional texts and speeches. Note: Some of these appear in poetic texts also.

SOUND DEVICES
Speeches are normally only meant to be heard once, so the speaker normally tries to make main ideas, keywords and phrases memorable using sound effects and devices.

FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE
Language that creates a picture in the mind of the listener can assist in the interest level of a speech. The listener visualises or imagines figures, images and comparisons.

OTHER ORATORICAL DEVICES
There are some other devices which help to make speeches more interesting, vibrant, memorable.