Literary and Linguistic terms

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Accent
A distinctive manner of pronounciation that marks a regional or social identity
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Adjacency Pairs
A term relating to the structure of spoken language, indicating a sequence of utterances
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Adjective
Word that describes a noun
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Adverb
Word that describes the action of a verb
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Allegory
A story or narrative
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Alliteration
Repetition of the same consonant sound
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Aluusion
Reference to another event, person, place or work of literature
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Ambuigity
Use of language where the meaning is unclear or has two possible interpretation
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Ambivalence
Situation where more than one possible attitude is being displayed by the writer towards a character, theme or idea
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Anachronism
Something that is historically inaccurate
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Anapest
Unit of poetic metre made up of two unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable
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Anaphoric
A form of referencing in which a pronoun or noun phrase points back to something mentioned earlier
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Antithesis
Contrasting ideas or words that are balanced against each other
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Antonyms
Words that are opposite in meaning
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Archaism
Use of language that is old fashioned
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Assonance
Repetition of similar vowel sounds
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Attitude
A particular stance or viewpoint adopted by writer/speaker
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Audience
The people addressed by a piece of writing or speech
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Ballad
A narrative poem that tells a story in a straightforward way
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Bias
Language used in a way as to express a prejudice against someone or something
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Blank Verse
Unrhymed poetry that adheres to a strict pattern in that each line is an iambic pentameter
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Caesura
A conscious break in the line of poetry
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Caricature
A character described through the exaggeration of the features that they posess
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Catharsis
A purging of emotions such as takes place at the end of a tragedy
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Chaining
The linking together of adjacency pairs to form a convention
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Clause
A group of words which is structurally larger than a phrase
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Cliche
A phrase or idea that has been over used so it has lost its original meaning or impact
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Cohesian
Links and connections that unite the elements of discourse or text
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Coinage
Creation and addition of new words to the existing word stock
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Collocation
Two or more words that frequently appear together as part of a set phrase
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Colloquial
An informal quality in speech or writintg
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Comedy
Describe something that is funny
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Command
The type of sentence in which someone is told to do something
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Complement
A clause element that adds extra information about the subject or object
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Compound
A word made up of at least two free morphemes
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Conceit
An elaborate, extended comparison of things that don't have much in common
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Conjunction
A word that connects words or other constructions
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Connotation
The associations attached to a word in addition to it's dictionary definition
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Context
Social circumstances in which the writing/speech takes place
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Contextual Framework
The application of a particular socio/historical standpoint used to analyse the text
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Contraction
A shortened word
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Convergence
A process of linguistic change in which accents or dialects become more alike
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Conversation analysis
A study of the key features of spoken interaction
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Couplet
Two consecutive lines of verse that rhyme
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Dactyl
A unit of poetic metre constisting of a stressed syllable followed by two unstressed
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Declarative
A grammatical mood that expresses a statement
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Degree
Comparison of adjectives or adverbs
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Deixis
Words that cam be interpreted by reference to the speakers position in space or time
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Demonstrative
A term used to describe determiners
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Denotation
The dictionary definition of a word
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Denouement
The ending of a play, novel or short story where 'all is revealed' and the plot unravels
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Determiner
Words that determine the number and definiteness of the noun
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Diachronic
A term used to describe language change that occurs over a period of time
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Diacritics
marks added to text to specify various sound qualities such as syllable stress, length, tone etc.
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Dialect
A language variety marked by a distinctive grammar and vocabulary used by people with a common background
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Dialogue
Language interaction between two or more people
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Diction
The choice of words that a writer makes
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Didactic
A term describing the work that is intended to preach or teach
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Direct Speech
The actual words spoken by a person recorded in written form
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Discourse
Any spoken or written language longer than a sentence
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Divergence
A process in which accents or dialects move further apart
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Double Negative
A part of speech or writing in which more than one negative is used in one verb phrase
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Dynamic
A verb that expresses an action
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