Power & Language

Does power have a linguistic signature? And do listeners or readers infer someone's power based on use of such signatures?

By Jen Overbeck in power studies research

July 24, 2021

Study 1

Key themes: Speakers convey power; listeners and readers perceive it. Do speakers use identifiable language patterns? Do receivers use those patterns accurately and understand how powerful the speaker is?

Study 2

Key themes: Politicians convey their “theory of power” through their speech. Using ten Brinke and Keltner’s (2020) lay theories of power, Russell’s (1938) naked power and traditional power, and the prestige-dominance framework (Henrich & Gil-White, 2001), we examine how the language use of US presidential candidates Donald Trump and Joe Biden differed during the 2020 election.

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July 24, 2021
1 minute read, 89 words
power studies research
power political psych LIWC associative_dissociative
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