The Language of Politics

When we speak, we convey all kinds of information. The way we speak reflects – to a degree – who we are. Our linguistic habits, the words we use, and the grammatical choices we make are relatively stable over time and across contexts. And they may even give away our political inclinations. Evidence from the USA and the UK shows that Conservatives use less complex language than Liberals. Our recently published study, based on 381.609 political speeches, shows that this relationship also exists in a number of European countries. These findings coincide with anecdotal evidence. Most notably, the Washington Post claimed that Republican US president Donald Trump speaks like a sixth-grader. One co

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