For your reading pleasure, here’s not one but four linguistic takes on Donald Trump’s strategies of plausible deniability. (Yes, one of them is mine.)
- Emine Saner: Donald Trump and the ‘rise’ of scare quotes
- Adam Hodges: How plausibly deniable is it?
- Kira Hall, Donna M. Goldstein, and Matthew Bruce Ingram: The hands of Donald Trump: Entertainment, gesture, spectacle
- Yours truly: A linguist explains why Trump’s silence about big issues is a brilliant power move