All The More Reason


French Electoral Campaigns
February 10, 2007, 6:22 pm
Filed under: Language

There’s a fantastic site up at lefigaro.fr which has clips of famous events from previous French presidential elections. This is interesting both from a political and rhetorical perspective. It’s amazing, for example, to hear the “correctness” of De Gaulle’s French, but also its debilitating slow pace. I’d have to check this with other sources, clearly, but I suspect that this idea of people speaking “better” in the past is probably directly linked to the pace of their speech as well. In other words, it’s easier to speak in grammatically correct sentences if one speaks more slowly and deliberately.

J.S.

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Did you watch the clip of Francois Bayrou giving a young lad a clip round the earhole? Incredible!

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