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Speeches and speech-making
This unit explores an aspect of language use where 'voices' and 'texts' converge: the...
This unit explores an aspect of language use where 'voices' and 'texts' converge: the art of speech-making.
By the end of this unit you should be able to:
- begin to develop understanding of some fundamental aspects of rhetoric
- begin to develop skills of textual analysis
- appreciate the importance of audience in relation to speech-making.
Speeches and speech-making
The terms ‘voice’ and ‘text’ are multifaceted. Both have a wide range of possible meanings in everyday speech and academic usage. You may encounter the two words used in a variety of ways, in connection with different subjects, and they won’t always mean exactly the same thing. In the following sections we will explore the shifting meanings and associations of ‘voice’ and ‘text’, and then examine the way the two terms come together in a particular kind of language use: speeches and speech-making.
One of the best ways to uncover the various meanings of concepts like ‘voice’ and ‘text’ is through engaging in activities where you can see the terms being used, and this is what we are about to do.
This study unit is an adapted extract from the Open University course A150 Voices and texts, which is no longer taught by the University. If you want to study formally with us, you may wish to explore other courses we offer in this.
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