The language of the Chicken Tikka Masala speech by Robin Cook is formal and eloquent, yet understandable for the general audience.

Choice of words

The choice of words is closely connected with the topics he explores, namely British identity and multiculturalism. This is why we notice many historical references, as well as references to different regions and communities. The speaker also uses numerous words with positive connotations such as: “asset” , “proud” , “optimistic”, “great” , etc.

His choice of words suggests a formal style of language, appropriate to the speaker’s position as British Foreign Secretary and the occasion of the speech.

The speaker uses the personal pronouns ‘I’ in the first part of the speech when he wants to establish his authority, ...

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