The language of executive financial discourse

Miriam Paola Leibbrand


This paper firstly examines the literature on the linguistic devices of rhetoric in financial disclosure. Secondly, it suggests avenues for future research on the value of executive financial discourse by regarding language as an asset. Using an exploration of the business communication and business discourse literature on financial disclosure over 15 years, it discusses the language issues identified in the literature on the CEO's letter to shareholders and the annual report from a linguistic perspective. Two linguistic devices offer further insights into the value of executive financial discourse: metaphorical expressions and discourse markers.


Metadiscourse; CEO; Discourse marker; Corporate image; Asset; Financial communication


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Studies in Communication Sciences | ISSN: 1424-4896