Trump Linguistic Analysis: Some Curiosities
President Donald Trump took office last Friday, January 20th with an inaugural address. It was mainly focused on nationalism. As we highlighted in our Trump Linguistic Analysis (“Expert System IQ Report: Trump’s Inaugural Address through the Lens of AI”), the linguistic analysis showed that “America” and “American” were the focus of the President’s speech. This was emphasized with his repeating several variations of his famous slogan (We will make America wealthy again. We will make America proud again. We will make America safe again) at the end of his inaugural address.
Donald Trump used “our” (possessive pronoun) and “nation” (noun) several times to transmit a strong sense of unity. Not surprisingly, he mentioned “protection” (We must protect our borders…; Protection will lead to great prosperity and strength; we are protected, and we will always be protected) and also used the word “dream” both as noun and verb, several times (We are one nation…; Their dreams are our dreams; And we will bring back our dreams; we must think big and dream even bigger; they fill their heart with the same dreams; … your dreams, will define our American destiny.)
Trump’s speech may elicit both positive and negative emotions. The concept of “protection” for example, was correlated with “fear” (There should be no fear – we are protected, and we will always be protected) while “dream” was immediately followed by “success” (Their dreams are our dreams; and their success will be our success.)
An interesting feature of Donald Trump’s inaugural address was the use of adjectives. If we compare Trump’s speech with Barack Obama’s 2009 inaugural address and that of George W. Bush in 2001, we notice that Trump used adjectives much more frequently than his predecessors.
Expert System’s linguistic analysis showed also that Trump’s inaugural address was shorter than that of Obama and Bush, and he used shorter sentences.