voice In literature, this is the individual style in which a certain author writes his or her works. Voice includes many different literary devices and stylistic techniques, including syntax, semantics, diction, dialogue, character development, tone, pacing, and even punctuation. figurative language is language that uses words and phrases that do not have their normal everyday, literal meaning. It is used to create mental images in the reader's mind cultural norms shared expectations and rules that guide the behavior of people within social groups. These are learned and reinforced from parents, friends, teachers and others while growing up in a society assimilation a process that involves taking on the traits of the dominant culture to such a degree that one becomes socially indistinguishable from other members of the dominant culture denotation the literal or dictionary meaning of a word Culture the shared set of arts, ideas, skills, institutions, customs, attitudes, values and achievements that
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