Diction Writers employ diction, or word choice, to communicate ideas and impressions, to evoke emotions, and to convey the...
Levels of Diction <ul><li>High or Formal Diction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free of slang, idioms, colloquialisms, and contract...
Types of Diction <ul><li>Slang </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refers to a group of recently coined words often used in informal sit...
Types of Diction cont. <ul><li>Concrete Diction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific words that describe qualities or conditions...
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Diction

  1. 1. 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.
  2. 2. Levels of Diction <ul><li>High or Formal Diction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Free of slang, idioms, colloquialisms, and contractions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Contains polysyllabic words, sophisticated syntax, and elegant word choice. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Neutral Diction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standard language and vocabulary without elaborate words and may include contractions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Informal or Low Diction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language of everyday use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Relaxed and conversational </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Includes simple words, idioms, slang, jargon, and contractions </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Types of Diction <ul><li>Slang </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Refers to a group of recently coined words often used in informal situations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Colloquial expressions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonstandard, often regional, ways of using language appropriate to informal or conversational speech and writing. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Jargon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Words of expressions characteristic of a particular trade, profession, or pursuit </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dialect </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Nonstandard subgroup of a language with its own vocabulary and grammatical features – often used to reveal a person’s social or economic class. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Types of Diction cont. <ul><li>Concrete Diction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Specific words that describe qualities or conditions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Abstract Diction </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Language that denotes ideas, emotions, conditions, or concepts that are intangible </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Denotation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exact, literal definition of a word dependent of any emotional association or secondary meaning. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connotation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Implicit rather than explicit meaning of a word and consists of the suggestions, associations, and emotional overtones attached to a word. (house v. home) </li></ul></ul>

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