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Anthropolinguistic Tools to Study Political Linguistics.The Case of Donald Trump’s 2020 Campaign Discourse

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Academic Journal of Modern Philology

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political linguistics   anthropological linguistics   communicational grammars   ethnography ofcommunication   American presidential campaign discourse   text analysis


Academic Journal of Modern Philology is a scientific journal oriented towards interdisciplinary studies. AJMP has been included in the register of journals published by The Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education with 70 points awarded. The journal seeks original articles on linguistics with special focus on comparative studies, anthropological linguistics, science of cognition, social communication and literary studies. Since the founding of the journal in 2012, it has been our goal to foster the development of linguistic studies through an open exchange of ideas, while maintaining the highest standards of academic publishing. Contributions are subject to a double-blind peer reviews for authenticity, ethical issues and usefulness. The reviewing procedure is supervised by the International Advisory Board. The articles are published mainly in English, German, French and Polish. Academic Journal of Modern Philology is an open access journal published annually by the Committee for Philology of the Polish Academy of Sciences, Wrocław Branch and the College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław.


The paper presents an anthropolinguistic study of Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign discourse. The studycan be situated within the scope of political linguistics. The interdisciplinary method of research applied here restsupon the understanding of human communication functioning in terms of communicational grammars of specifidiscourses that comprise rules of language use set against the background of immediate contexts of use. The key ideaunderbracing this study is that language is a rule-governed, conventions-based system of practice (e.g., de Saussure[1916] 2011, Sapir 1921, Hymes 1972, Saville–Troike [1982] 2003, Lucy [1996] 1999) and a conventional typeof performance which allows for building a nexus of typified relations. Another overarching goal of this paper isto show that human interaction is mostly both a structurally hardwired and functionally (pragmatically) drivenlinguistic practice. The analysis sets out to explore Donald Trump’s texts according to the AnthropolinguisticModel of Communication (AMC) (Strukowska 2022) as a pattern recognition model that provides a contextualoverview of elements of communication and functions as a solid platform for documenting discursive practices(Chruszczewski 2011: 199–263).

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e-ISSN 2353-3218   ISSN 2299-7164





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College for Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Wrocław