Efficiency tools in the speeches of Martin Luther King, Jr

M. Cassandra Foster Smith
1980 Proceedings of the 8th conference on Computational linguistics -   unpublished
This thesis represents the results of a computer-aided analysis of aspects of speeches of the Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. Specifically, 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,
more » ... is 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.
doi:10.3115/990174.990202 fatcat:r4zd7qe4vrh5bea7pnrt533h3u