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Assonance
Similarity of vowel sounds- group of words e.g. 'Sinking as the light wind lives or dies'
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Hyperbole
An exaggeration e.g. 'I'm so hungry I could eat a horse'
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Litotes
An understatement e.g. 'Coral is far more red than her lips red'
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Antithesis
Two contrasting ideas brought together for effect e.g. 'So foul and fair a day'
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Euphemism
A pleasant way of expressing unpleasant things e.g. 'You're becoming a little thin on top'
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Asyndetic Listing
A list not separated by 'and' or 'or' e.g. 'Ships, towers, domes, theatres and temples'
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Syndetic Listing
A list separated by 'and' or 'or' e.g. 'Ships and towers and domes and theatres'
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Premodifier
An adjective used directly before a noun e.g. 'Smokeless air'
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Foregrounding
When a writer changes a part of a sentence (unusual wording) to make it stand out
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Compound modifier
Several adjectives
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Parallel Phrasing
The same word forms repeated e.g. 'Time and time again'
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Discourse Marker
Marker within conversation to start e.g. 'Look..' and 'Well...'
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Neologism
A modern/new word e.g. 'iPod'
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Prosodic Features
The way you speak e.g. 'Mommmmm' - extra syllables
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Pejorative
Insulting/ derogatory language e.g. 'Idiot'
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Second Person Address
Directly talking to someone e.g. 'You'
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Profanity
Swearing
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Familiar Collocations
Words that go together, everyday phrases e.g. 'Bread and butter'
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Cultural reference
Identifying someone's culture within something e.g. 'The French are very romantic'
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Adjacency Pairs
Question and answer during conversation e.g. 'How are you' 'Okay thanks'
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An exaggeration e.g. 'I'm so hungry I could eat a horse'

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Hyperbole

Card 3

Front

An understatement e.g. 'Coral is far more red than her lips red'

Back

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Card 4

Front

Two contrasting ideas brought together for effect e.g. 'So foul and fair a day'

Back

Preview of the back of card 4

Card 5

Front

A pleasant way of expressing unpleasant things e.g. 'You're becoming a little thin on top'

Back

Preview of the back of card 5
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alexdakota

I'll continue to add more definitions throughout the year :)

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