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2020 Vol.36, Issue 2

Research Article

August 2020. pp. 143-161
Considering the relationship between language and social media, the present study analyzed the languages used by the US President Donald Trump and the former President Barack Obama on their respective Twitter accounts from 2017 to 2019. The study examined the patterns of language and the messages based on pragmatic theories. A total of 10,542 tweets were finalized as valid data. The results show that the most frequently used words were great, people in the case of Trump and people, world were the words used by Obama. In the 4-word phrases analysis, the fake news media was the most used phrase by Trump and Michelle and I appeared most in Obama’s messages. In the pragmatic analysis, the most retweeted messages of Trump and Obama in each year were analyzed based on presupposition and implicature. This study demonstrated that Twitter messages by influential politicians are important due to their impact. Therefore, understanding not only the literal meaning but also the implied meaning is crucial.
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  • Publisher :The Modern Linguistic Society of Korea
  • Publisher(Ko) :한국현대언어학회
  • Journal Title :The Journal of Studies in Language
  • Journal Title(Ko) :언어연구
  • Volume : 36
  • No :2
  • Pages :143-161