In this part, we will focus on the language employed by John F. Kennedy in his "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech in West Berlin.

Tone and style

A few weeks before delivering the speech, John F. Kennedy had publicly talked about cooperation between the US and the Soviet Union. However, this speech came across as aggressive and provocative, which led to Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev saying that the two speeches seemed to have been delivered by two different people.

Throughout his speech, Kennedy employs a firm tone, which highlights his determination to maintain an American presence in Berlin and to continue to show support for West Berliners and defiance towards the Soviets. When he tries to make a strong impression on the audience, Kennedy repeats the phrase “Let them come to Berlin”, which is stressed and pronounced with firmness every time, provokin...

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