Paper: Efficiency Tools In The Speeches Of Martin Luther King Jr.

ACL ID C80-1024
Title Efficiency Tools In The Speeches Of Martin Luther King Jr.
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1980
Authors

This thesis represents the results of a computer-aided analysis of aspects of speeches of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Specif- ically, the analysis has investigated the occurrence of indicators of the efficiency function--tools facilitating the comprehension of a discourse by a hearer or reader--in four speeches of Dr. King. Contrary to the expectations of many who anticipate complex grammatical structures in the discourse of those who are speechmakers before many and diverse audiences, this study has demonstrated that the speeches of Dr. King are replete with simple structural devices-- sequential clauses as opposed to embedded clauses, sentences in which there are clear linkages between clauses, and clear linkages between sentences, to name a few. The analysis of the texts of Dr....