Style of language

In his Inaugural Address, Joe Biden uses a formal style of language. This matches the formal political event where he is speaking and the authoritative image he is presenting. Informal features such as contractions are rare, but they are occasionally introduced in order to make Biden appear more approachable. For example, informal words and phrases such as “my friends” to address the audience or “I get it” are meant to make him appear empathetic. 

He uses mainly short and middle-length sentences: “With unity we can do great things. Important things. We can right wrongs. We can put people to work in good jobs. We can teach our children in safe schools. We can overcome this deadly virus”. This helps to create a, knowledgeable, and convincing tone. It also shows that Biden has a clear message that he wants to share w...

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