Language techniques

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Year 8 English Flashcards on Language techniques, created by dmullen on 11/13/2013.

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Alliteration The repetition of consonant sounds, especially at the beginning of words e.g. "Fetched fresh".
Assonance The repetition of similar vowel sounds in a sentence or a line of poetry or phrase, as in "I rose and told him of my woe".
Onomatopoeia The use of words to imitate the sounds they describe.
Repetition An instance of using a word, phrase, or clause more than once in a short passage to emphasise it.
Hyperbole A deliberate exaggeration used for effect.
Symbolism Something that represents or signifies something else.
Simile A comparison between unlike things using 'like', 'as' or as 'though'.
Metaphor A comparison between unlike things without using 'like', 'as' or 'as though'.
Personification Giving human characteristics to non-human objects.
Descriptive Language Where any metaphors, similes, personification, onomatopoeia etc. is in the text.
Juxtaposition A combination of ideas or images, most often contrasting.
Antethesis Contrasting or combining two terms, phrases, or clauses with opposed meaning.
Tone The author's attitude to the stories subject as the reader interprets it.
Irony When something differs or is the complete opposite of what is expected in the circumstance.
Plot The general scheme or progression of a piece.
Connotation These words, things, or ideas inspired by a word.
Denotation The literal meaning.
Oxymoron Where conflicting words are joined to create a new word or idea.
Jargon Terminology relevant to a particular profession or group of people.
Euphemism When an unpleasant word or image is depicted using another word.
Allusion The reference, in one work of literature, to a person or event in another.
Colloquialisms Generally accepted spoken language. Expressions which are shorthand ways of expressing a situation.
Idiom Where a term is used to express an idea different from the literal meaning of the term.
Cliché An expression that has been used so much it lacks its original sparkle.
Pun Play on words which adds a light-hearted tone to writing.
Rhetorical Question A question that does not require an answer because it is obvious.
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