Friday, March 23, 2012

Et in Arcadia ego ...

According to linguist Jean Véronis, President Sarkozy, once the champion of the use of the personal pronoun "je," slacked off a bit as he grew into his presidential role, but now that he is campaigning again, "je" has made a powerful comeback in his speeches:
Depuis la campagne 2007, on a beaucoup glosé sur son usage intensif de ce pronom. Le discours de la Porte de Versailles, le 14 janvier 2007 était de ce point de vue un cas d'école : un je toutes les 17 secondes, un quart des phrases commençant par ce mot...

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Language Log has a number of posts about journalists' views on how often US presidents use first-person pronouns and what that might mean (ill-informed and squat, respectively).

Hilary Barnes said...

Uhh, Hollande appears to be even more "je" obsessed!