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Nepravi politički govor sa pravim političkim porukama
Unreal Political Speech with Real Political Messages

Author(s): Dejan A. Milić
Subject(s): Theory of Communication
Published by: Centar za unapređivanje pravnih studija
Keywords: Oratory; political speech; judicial speech; epideictic (appropriate) speech; borderline speech; improvised speech; prepared speech; amplification

Summary/Abstract: In regards to their contents, speeches may be divided into political (advisory), judicial and epideitic (appropriate). Aristoteles made this classification of speeches in Ancient times and it is still in use. However, this classification in regards to the contents of speeches may be understood as „relatively conditional“, since there are many examples of the so-called „borderline“ speeches, which contain the characteristics of one dominant type along with the characteristics of the other type, or even two types of speeches. Speech given by Professor Rajna Dragicevic to her graduates at Faculty of Philology of University of Belgrade in June 2013, provides a classic example of a borderline speech, with the characteristics of political and appropriate speeches. The above-mentioned speech is appropriate in terms of the occassion when it is delivered, the intended audience, the expected manner of presentation and the expected subject-matter (topic), as well as rationalistic and timely use of amplification. On the other hand, in the context of a political speech, it has deliberative (advisory) characteristics of a speech directed at persuasion and motivation for action, that was in the concrete case a reaction. In terms of its main message, the speech of Professor Dragicevic was essentially a political speech directed at addressing the issues pertaining to statehood.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 1-2
  • Page Range: 239-250
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Serbian