Style of language

The language in Boris Johnson’s speech at COP 26 Launch mixes informal elements with formal phrases and structures. For example, Johnson uses informal interjections such as the use of “I think” and “or somewhere” in the line “it’s been removed, I think, for repair in Yorkshire or somewhere” (ll. 7-8). This helps make Boris Johnson seem approachable, and makes his speech seem unrehearsed and casual, as though he is telling the audience a story. 

Johnson’s speech also includes very formal phrases such as “the promethean genius of humanity” (l. 105) or “a growing hostile whispering campaign by those who were wedded to the old technology” (ll. 31-32). These elements help to make Johnson seem professional. Overall, the inclusion of both informa...

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