An Analysis of Themes and Thematic Progression Patterns in Ivanka Trump’s Speech

Chen DOU, Shuo ZHAO


vanka Trump’s speech is inspiring and receives widely concerns. Based on thematic structure and thematic progression patterns, this paper studies and analyzes Ivanka’s speech. This paper combines qualitative and quantitative research methods. The paper lists the frequency of the simple theme, multiple theme, clausal theme, and the frequency of various thematic progression modes. Through the study, this paper finds that: (1) in the study of thematic types, simple theme is in the highest proportion, followed by the clausal theme, and finally multiple theme. It is found that the distribution is closely related to its characteristics of the speech. (2) The distribution of thematic progression patterns is as follows: The constant theme pattern ranks the highest part, followed by linear progression pattern, alternative progression pattern and constant rheme pattern; (3) The use of thematic structure and thematic advancement mode play an important role in the coherence of the speech and also play a convincing role. The significance of this study is to apply the relevant theories of context to the analysis of political speeches, and to provide a theoretical reference for speakers in preparing their political speeches.


Thematic structure; Thematic progression; English political speeches

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