Talking Donald Trump examines the language of Donald Trump's presidential campaign from the perspective of sociocultural linguistics. This book offers an insight into the many stages of Trump's political career, from his initial campaign for the Republican nomination, up to his presidency. Drawing from speeches, debates, and interviews, as well as parodies and public reactions to his language, Sclafani explores how Trump's language has produced such polarized reactions among the electorate. In analysing the linguistic construction of Donald Trump's political identity, Sclafani's incisive study sheds light on the discursive construction of political identity and the conflicting language ideologies associated with the discourse of leadership in modern US society. Talking Donald Trump provides a crucial contemporary example of the interaction between sociolinguistics and political science, and is key reading for advanced students and researchers in the fields of sociolinguistics, language and politics, communication studies and rhetoric.
Jennifer Sclafani is Associate Teaching Professor of Linguistics at Georgetown University, USA. She has also been on the faculty at Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece, since 2009.
Chapter 1. Language, political identity, and public perception Chapter 2. The Idiolect of Donald Trump Chapter 3. Sexist and Xenophobic Language Chapter 4. Metadiscourse, Attitudes, and Language Ideologies of Leadership