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Six Types of Diction/Language Used by Authors

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Elizabeth Brathwaite

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Here are the six types of language that authors use to achieve their goal when writing. The right language can help the reader connect with the piece and author. used when the reader is highly educated. The words are frequently polysyllabic and may be profession-specific. (ie: the speaker will use medical, law, technological, and educational jargon.) They can be seen in professional journal articles, evaluations, and technical reports. Formal Diction is... If an author uses formal diction, he/she most likely wants to: more "laid back" and used in everyday conversation. The average person can understand it with little or no trouble. Some words or phrases may be specific to a certain geographic area or cultural group. Informal Diction is... If an author uses informal diction, he/she most likely wants to: used to create an effect or feeling. If you read an exaggeration(making something or someone a BIG deal), understatement (downplaying a quality or situation), comparison, a written-out sound, or a statement in which you know the speaker is not saying what he/she means directly, you're reading figurative language. Figurative Language is... If an author is using figurative language, he/she most likely wants to: when someone is saying what they actually mean in the most direct way. They are being completely straightforward. Literal Language is.. If an author uses literal language, he/she most likely wants to: language that describes qualities that can be literally detected with the five senses. Concrete Diction is... If an author uses concrete diction, he/she most likely wants to: language that describes qualities that CAN NOT be literally detected with the five senses. Abstract Diction is... If an author uses abstract diction, he/she most likely wants to: , Keep these notes handy! In just a little while, you'll use this info to determine what kind of language Bradbury used, examples of it and how those examples show his purpose and style. "The internet is an information highway" figuratively means: "I'm on the edge of my seat" literally means: Examples: Water is wet, fire is warm, the sun is bright. Examples: "at peace", lost in thought", good, bad, love, spoiled A reader might be able to sense actions or items ASSOCIATED with these qualities, but it is impossible to literally touch "love" or see "at peace". Medical: laproscopic, lethargic
Law: testimony, deposition
Technology: Hard drive
Academia (world of scholars): thesis Examples: chillin', buggy, stupid What do you think Bradbury's purpose was when he wrote "The Pedestrian" and why? What features of the text make you say so? Be specific and look beyond the words on the page. Warm Up Homework: Bring grade and reading-level appropriate novel to class every day starting Friday for independent reading time. Yes, this is a homework grade and will be factored into your citizenship grade daily. What language did Bradbury use to persuade/entertain in "The Pedestrian?" Give a specific example! Styles can be described as: All of these types of diction/word choices, tone, and point of view, can reveal purpose and STYLE.

Style is the way the author uses words, sentences, and phrases in order to make his/her writing stand out. descriptive, developed, academic, formal, informal, business-like, and personal.
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