What does the paper want you to say when asking about language

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not sure what to put when asked about language

Posted: 15-05-11 10:56 by joe davies

The tone of the words e.g. informal/formal and whether the language is persuasive, emotive, informative etc. Give examples as well.

Posted: 15-05-11 11:37 by M

This is exactly what i was stuck on! Our teacher was telling us how some people confuse language with imagery, metaphors and similes. She said that language are things like alliteration, short sentences, repition, anomatopeia and dialet words and whether its written in full standard english... I have a revision guide with a glossary at the back and i go through it to see which words and meanings are associated with language...

hope that helped!!

Posted: 15-05-11 12:14 by Sara

It actually depends on the question. If the question says something like, "how does the writer use language for effect?" then you would talk about the tone, but if the questions is something like, "compare how language is used in Item 1 and Item 2" then you would talk about metaphors, similes, humour etc.

Posted: 15-05-11 14:21 by M

I'm not sure if you should talk about similes/ metaphors for language as they create imagery. E.g. 'she was like water to me' this creates the image that that women was like water which shows shes crucial to the speakers life and that he needs her, just like water  <-- thats more imagery than language. If I got a chance then I would write about dialect as it expresses the poets true feelings, like it does for 'checkin out me history by John Agard. For practice I go through some engligh literature terms (http://www.ronjones.org/EnglishLiterature/LiteratureTerms.pdfand) and I see which one is language/ imagery etc and learn them so I can use them in the exam.

Posted: 15-05-11 14:31 by Sara

Language is things like:

Persons - 1st 2nd or third

Formality - is it formal/informal?




Emovie language

Rhetorical Questions

Anecdotes (like telling a story/scene from experience)



Imagery (similies, metaphors, oxymoron, personification etc)

Length of sentences (short sharp or long and complex)

hope that helps :)

Posted: 15-05-11 15:42 by Kavita :)

Thanks, but I'm getting kinda confused cause our teacher told us that its not about imagery, similes and metaphors,??

Posted: 15-05-11 15:44 by Sara

similies and metaphors and stuff like that is figurative language..


this explains it

Posted: 15-05-11 15:49 by Kavita :)

ahhhhh, I get it now - thanks!! x :)

Posted: 15-05-11 15:51 by Sara

your welcome :)

Posted: 15-05-11 15:56 by Kavita :)