Looking at language

Sarah Holmes
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Sarah Holmes
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A set of flashcards focusing on the language techniques used by Alagiah to convey the shift in the relationship between him and the smiling man.

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What technique is being used here? 'The journalist observes, the subject is observed. The journalist is active, the subject is passive' Juxtaposition of the expected roles of journalist and subject. The repetition of the sentence structure and the simple language indicates how simple the relationship usually is
What do all of these phrases have in common? 'turned the tables' 'cut to the heart' 'us and them' They are all cliches, phrases that have been used so many times they lose any real meaning. Alagiah uses them here to indicate how he has taken the relationship between journalist and subject for granted for so long.
What two techniques are being used here? 'between me and him, between us and them, between the rich world and the poor world' Repetition and a three-part list are used here to emphasise the inequalities in the relationships, firstly between the journalist and his subject, then between the Somalis he is reporting on and his viewers back home and finally between the developed West and 3rd world countries
Which of the following is the key technique used in this paragraph? Three-part lists Rhetorical questions Juxtapositions Emotive language Juxtapositions. Throughout this paragraph Alagiah presents the reader with a series of juxtapositions, (putting together opposites), in order to draw attention to the inequalities that exist between the West and the 3rd world
What language feature does Alagiah use to end this paragraph? A rhetorical question. He asks, ' If he was embarrassed to be found weakened by hunger and ground down by conflict, how should I feel to be standing there so strong and confident?' This question is used as a condemnation of his own arrogance and, by extension, that of the West as a whole.
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