Diction (AP Language and comp)
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- AP Language And Composition
- Diction (AP Language and comp)
Last Modified: 2011-12-12
Can refer to a specific word choice/ general character of language chosen by the author.
3 areas to consider: appearance, sound, meaning.
Language spoken by people in a region/group.
Branch of linguistics that studies the meaning of words, their historical and psychological development, their connotations, and their relation to one another.
Strict, literal, dictionary definition of a word, devoid of any emotion, attitude, or color.
ex. Monday-noun; the second day of the week following Sunday.
Non-literal, associative meaning of a word, implied, suggested meaning.
May involve ideas, emotions, and attitudes.
ex. Monday: beginning of work/school week often associated with stress, lack of sleep, etc.
Pleasant sounding words
Liquid consonants: L,M,N,R
Soft consonants: V, F, TH, WH, SH, W, Y.
Harsh sounding words
Plosive consonants: B, D, G, K, P, T.
More challenging to pronounce.
Flow is broken up.
Words that are one syllable in length.
Creates a sense of urgency/simplicity
creates a sense of complexity
Conversational often appropriate with convos; not professional convo.
Everyday usage including slang, jargon, vulgarity, etc.
Professional, educated, & academic usage.
Dignified, elevated, and perhaps impersonal.
Elaborate/ sophisticated vocabulary.
Use of slang/informalities in speech/writing. Not generally acceptable for formal writing colloquialism. Gives work a conversational, familiar tone.
Colloquial expressions in writing include local dialects.
Often considered a subset of informal diction.
Special language of a profession/group.
Has pejorative associations:
Unintelligible to outsiders, tedious, and evasive.
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