The Gift of the Gab : How Eloquence Works / David Crystal.

Crystal, David, author., Author,
New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, [2016]
1 online resource (256 p.)
Eloquence in literature.
Oral communication.
Voice culture.
In English.
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A many-faceted exploration of spoken eloquence: how it works, how it has evolved, and how to tap its remarkable power We all know eloquence when we hear it. But what exactly is it? And how might we gain more of it for ourselves? This entertaining and, yes, eloquent book illuminates the power of language from a linguistic point of view and provides fascinating insights into the way we use words. David Crystal, a world-renowned expert on the history and usage of the English language, probes the intricate workings of eloquence. His lively analysis encompasses everyday situations (wedding speeches, business presentations, storytelling) as well as the oratory of great public gatherings. Crystal focuses on the here and now of eloquent speaking-from pitch, pace, and prosody to jokes, appropriateness, and how to wield a microphone. He explains what is going on moment by moment and examines each facet of eloquence. He also investigates topics such as the way current technologies help or hinder our verbal powers, the psychological effects of verbal excellence, and why certain places or peoples are thought to be more eloquent than others. In the core analysis of the book, Crystal offers an extended and close dissection of Barack Obama's electrifying "Yes we can" speech of 2008, in which the president demonstrated full mastery of virtually every element of eloquence-from the simple use of parallelism and an awareness of what not to say, to his brilliant conclusion constructed around two powerful words: dreams and answers.
1. Value- added speech
2. Eloquence everywhere
3. Knowing how
4. How long have I got?
5. Where will I be?
6. Who am I talking to? (To whom am I talking?)
7. Who am I talking to - abroad?
8. What to say?
9. When do you say it?
10. How do they do it? The memory game
11. How do they do it? The rule of three
12. How do they do it? Weight control
13. How do they do it? Order, order
14. How do they do it? Variation
15. How do they do it? Being natural
16. Sounding - natural
17. Rates of exchange
18. The melody lingers on
19. Build- ups, beats, and breaks
20. Paralanguage
21. Mind your technology
22. Talking about content . . .
23. Reading it
24. Nerve ending
25. Homo eloquens
Appendix 1. Obama's victory speech delivered at Grant Park, Chicago, 4 November 2008
Appendix 2. Martin Luther King's speech delivered at the March on Washington, 28 August 1963
Further reading
Index of personalities
Index of subjects
Illustration credits
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De Gruyter.
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De Gruyter University Press Library.
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300219418 doi
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