Trump speak

“His speeches are full of non sequiturs,” … It’s a completely different style from nearly any other politician you normally see on a big stage…

He makes vague implications with a raised eyebrow or a shrug, allowing his audience to reach their own conclusions. And that conversational style can be effective. It’s more intimate than a scripted speech…

Yet to many linguists, Trump stands out for how often he deploys these conversational tics. “Trump’s frequency of divergence is unusual,” Liberman says. In other words, he goes off topic way more often than the average person in conversation.

Geoffrey Pullum, a linguist at University of Edinburgh, argues that there’s more going on than just a conversational, I’ll-let-you-fill-in-the-gaps-style. Trump’s unorganized sentences and short snippets might suggest something about how his mind works. “His speech suggests a man with scattered thoughts, a short span of attention, and a lack of intellectual discipline and analytical skills,” Pullum says. [link]

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