Trumpolect: Donald Trump’s Distinctive Discourse and Its Functions

  • Andrew McMurryEmail author
Part of the The Evolving American Presidency book series (EAP)


In this chapter, Andrew McMurry identifies and deconstructs the idiolect (an individual’s unique communicative style) of Donald Trump. Through an analysis of what he calls “Trumpolect,” McMurry explains how Trump’s idiosyncratic speech style forms one of his chief political assets. McMurry further argues that Trumpolect’s persuasive logic aligns dangerously with the discourses of political extremism in the first half of the twentieth century.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of English Language and LiteratureUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada

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