• Siska Emilinda Universitas Bangka Belitung
Keywords: Cohesive Devices, Speech, Donald Trump


Cohesive devices play an important role in forming a good speech. The use of language that is organized and easy to understand by others in delivering a speech will have an impact on communication that runs well, so it can avoid misunderstanding between speakers and listeners. Therefore, this qualitative study aimed to investigate cohesive devices’ occurrence, function, and the pattern of the  dominant grammatical and lexical cohesion used in the Donald Trump’s Concession Speech. The theory used was cohesive devices by Halliday & Hasan. There were 362 cohesive devices found in the Donald Trump’s speech. Personal reference was the most used in the speech which had 181 items, while the least was ellipsis and substitution which only contained 1 item each. There were 2 grammatical cohesion and 1 lexical as dominant types found in the speech, they are personal reference “we” which contained 57 items, additive conjunction “and” which contained 46 items, and repetition which contained 27 items used in Donald Trump’s Speech. Trump used a pattern by using the word “we” more than “I” to create an image where he belongs to his people, while the pattern used by Trump by using “and” is as a connector of the additional information Trump given, and the use of some repititions by Trump refered to emphasize on the points discussed.


Keywords: Cohesive Devices, Speech, Donald Trump.


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