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Diction Analysis

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    Diction Diction Presentation Transcript

    • Diction Writers employ diction, or word choice, to communicate ideas and impressions, to evoke emotions, and to convey their views of truth to the reader.
    • Levels of Diction
      • High or Formal Diction
        • Free of slang, idioms, colloquialisms, and contractions
        • Contains polysyllabic words, sophisticated syntax, and elegant word choice.
      • Neutral Diction
        • Standard language and vocabulary without elaborate words and may include contractions
      • Informal or Low Diction
        • Language of everyday use
        • Relaxed and conversational
        • Includes simple words, idioms, slang, jargon, and contractions
    • Types of Diction
      • Slang
        • Refers to a group of recently coined words often used in informal situations
      • Colloquial expressions
        • Nonstandard, often regional, ways of using language appropriate to informal or conversational speech and writing.
      • Jargon
        • Words of expressions characteristic of a particular trade, profession, or pursuit
      • Dialect
        • Nonstandard subgroup of a language with its own vocabulary and grammatical features – often used to reveal a person’s social or economic class.
    • Types of Diction cont.
      • Concrete Diction
        • Specific words that describe qualities or conditions
      • Abstract Diction
        • Language that denotes ideas, emotions, conditions, or concepts that are intangible
      • Denotation
        • Exact, literal definition of a word dependent of any emotional association or secondary meaning.
      • Connotation
        • Implicit rather than explicit meaning of a word and consists of the suggestions, associations, and emotional overtones attached to a word. (house v. home)