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  • 1. Language
  • 2. The system of verbal or gestural symbols a community uses to communicate.
    Language
  • 3. The way we know something is through the words we use to describe it.
  • 4. In the public dialogue, language allows us to share our thoughts, question the ideas of others, and invite or audiences to consider our positions.
    Use of Language
  • 5. Language is Ambiguous
  • 6. When speakers forget that words do not have the same meaning for everyone, they unintentionally create ambiguity for their audiences.
    One way to clear up some of this ambiguity is to use concrete language.
    Language is ambiguous
  • 7. Idioms
    An idiom is a fixed, distinctive expression whose meaning is not indicated by its individual words.
    http://www.youtube.com/user/bbclearningenglish#g/c/5945726A989B480B
    Appropriate labels
    “Politically correct speech”
    Negro/ Crippled/ Fag
    Language and Culture
  • 8. Gender Inclusive Language
    Language and Gender
  • 9. Knowing the correct definition and usage of words is important because accurate language affects not only your meaning but also your credibility.
    Three simple steps will help you improve the accuracy of your language
    Check definitions
    Work with someone who has strong language skills
    Study the language
    Language and Accuracy
  • 10. Spoken language is more interactive
    Spoken language is more casual
    Spoken language is more repetitive
    Language and Public Speaking
  • 11. Language That Creates Memorable Imagery
    Simile (Like/ As)
    - He eats like a pig.
    Metaphor
    - There is fire in my mouth
    Personification
    - Those words just sat there staring at me. They wouldn’t leave and they wouldn’t explain themselves. “You’re fired,” they said. And they refused to tell me anything else.
    Language, Imagery, and Rhythm
  • 12. Language That Creates a Pleasing Rhythm
    Parallelism
    Repetition
    Alliteration
    Antithesis
    Language, Imagery, and Rhythm