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Unformatted text preview: Ambiguity Double or even multiple meaning that invites room for alternative reactions to the same piece of language Euphemism The substitution of a mild and pleasant expression for a harsh and blunt one. (“To pass away” instead of “to die.”) Paradox An opinion or statement contrary to commonly accepted opinion. A statement that, while apparently self-contradictory, is nonetheless essentially t rue. (“Success counted sweetest by those who never succeed.”) Colloquialism A word, phrase or expression used in everyday speech and writing. An example includes: “Up to no good.” Pun A form of wit, not necessarily funny, involving a play on a word with two or more meanings. Connotation The association, images, or impressions carried by a word, as opposed to the word’s literal meaning. Syntax The arrangement of grammatical relation of words, phrases and clauses, in sentences; the ordering of words into phrases, clauses and sentences Diction Word choice judged for clarity and appropriateness, given its occasion of use...
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This note was uploaded on 03/07/2010 for the course ALL all taught by Professor All during the Spring '10 term at Aarhus Universitet.
- Spring '10