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ERIC Number: ED072484
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
Pages: 13
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Inaugural Rhetoric and Rhetorical Prescription--An Examination of Organizational Patterns in Presidential Inaugural Addresses.
Vickrey, James F., Jr.
In this study of the organizational patterns of 46 United States presidential inaugural addresses there were four research questions, relating to the overall pattern of the speeches and the internal structure of ideas and topics. Key findings indicate that: (1) 25 of the 46 speeches have three easily discernible parts--introduction, body, conclusion; (2) seven include a preview and review of the main points while 23 have a preview only; (3) few have transitional devices that facilitate easy reading; and (4) the topical organizational pattern predominates. The author concludes that despite the different styles and themes found in inaugural addresses, Presidents, in general, do not organize these ceremonial speeches in the manner suggested by most traditional textbooks. The author ends with his suggestions for areas of future study of inaugural addresses. (RN)
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Assn. (58th, Chicago, December 27-30, 1972)