Previous studies on Kwame Nkrumah’s Speeches scrutinize the rhetorical options and their result on the speeches. However, such studies pay very little attention to the role lexical things play within the speech and also the significance of the psychological feature ties among these lexical things. This paper, so takes a distinct analytical perspective by observing the rhetorical worth of the utilization of the lexical things, the psychological feature relation among these lexical things and the way they reveal the that means and effectiveness of Nkrumah’s 1957 Independence Declaration speech.
The study lexical analysis of declaration speech, employs the linguistic and rhetorical list by Leech and Short (2007) that stratifies lexical things into verbs, nouns, adjectives and adverbs so as to reveal their rhetorical worth and also the notional meta-function by Halliday and Matthiessen (2014) that presents the assorted psychological feature domains so as to reveal the thoughts of Nkrumah as frameworks for the analysis. The analysis reveals Nkrumah’s use of nouns dominates different lexical things and this means that his speech is a lot of denotative to the events that cause Ghana’s independence and also the events that he expects can follow.
The analysis identifies lexical classes and psychological feature domains that indicate the wide scope of the speech. The psychological feature analysis reveals the psychological feature ties among the lexical things and their that means and implications on the speech. The study demonstrates that, the psychological feature relationship among lexical things will reveal the that means of a text. The study so, enhances the understanding and interpretation of Kwame Nkrumah’s speech above all, and political discourse normally.
Kwame Nkrumah’s 1957 Independence declaration speech was a strong extempore oratory that declared the independence of the Gold Coast. Mensah (2014:78) says that ‘independence declaration may be a important political and a psychological activity within the lifetime of any nation’.
He continues to mention that among a amount of twenty–four hours, 3 important speeches had marked the oratory of Nkrumah on the birth of the new nation African country. This paper seeks to seem at of the second speech that declares Ghana’s independence a couple of minute before mid-night at the previous Polo Grounds, across the road from the Assembly building.
Aspects of political communication embody however aren't restricted to solely political speeches delivered by politicians however conjointly writings of politicians, election campaigns, parliamentary debates, political interviews.
Political speeches could vary from campaigns, manifestoes, speeches at rallies, different election messages, inaugural speeches, success speeches, July 4 speeches, could Day speeches and lots of different speeches betting on matters. Political discourse is changing into a well-liked thought particularly within the space of linguistic analysis.
Winding back the clock, this paper seeks to conduct a lexical rhetorical analysis of the extempore rhetorical 1957 Independence Declaration speech by Nkrumah victimization the linguistic and rhetorical list by Leech and Short (2007) and also the notional meta-function by Halliday and Matthiessen (2014) as frameworks for the analysis. Taiwo (2009:192) describes politics as ‘the struggle for and management of resources, values, norms and behavior of a social group’. it's terribly obvious that one wants language as a strong tool to realize political power. it's true that the politicians’ targeted struggle and management of no matter resources, values and norms are a debacle while not the utilization of language.
Ayeomoni & Akinkuolere (2012:462) say that ‘language has been a strong tool within the hands of political leaders; they manipulate the tool to suit their purposes’. Since politics is largely concerning troubled to regulate power, it's solely through language that such may be accomplished, thereby creating language a awfully sturdy political weapon.