Written Language- Examples of Language Features

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Match the language feature with the correct example.

Alliteration

The quiet killer can't escape the clutches of the cops.

Assonance

Beanz meanz Heinz.

Consonance

'And frightful a nightfall folded rueful a day...'

Onomatopoeia

Snap, crackle and pop!

Rhythm

The curfew tolls the knell of parting day.

Rhyme

Jack Sprat could eat no fat.

Anaphoric reference

A chance meeting by moonlight, a street-side cafe and the artists' garret- they all come alive through Puccini's music.

Cataphoric reference

If you want it, you can take my book.

Deictic reference

You should sit over here.

Front focus

A chance meeting by moonlight, a street-side cafe and the artists' garret- they all come alive through Puccini's music.

End focus

Lawyers for former Gold Coast doctor Mohamed Haneef have welcomed the resignation of Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty.

Antithesis

"The more I feed him, the skinnier he seems to look!"

Listing

You may bring the following items into your exam; pens, pencils, highlighters, erasers, sharpeners and rulers only.

Parallelism

The textile workers are angry that their jobs are disappearing and that their employers refuse to talk.

Nominalisation

The agreement regarding the commencement of the new highway was greeted with dismay by the residents.

Active voice

Our employees in the factory ensure their work is top quality.

Passive voice

The house was auctioned on the weekend.

Subordination

"Memory is deceptive because it is coloured by today's events." (Albert Einstein)

Coordination

The gardens were beautifully manicured but the paving was a mess.

Conversion

It's a given that the Saints will win the Grand Final rematch.

Affixation

We'll just hang-out here and chillax.

Compounding

Did you see Masterchef on Sunday?

Acronym

PIN

Irony

An employee of Metro was fired after regularly being late to work. His excuse? "My train was late"!

Metaphor

The sky wept.

Oxymoron

a gentle tyrant.

Simile

the moon is like a silver disk.

Personification

the walls have ears.

Puns

"Curl up and Dye" Hairdressers.

Understatement

Dame Edna was a tad overdressed.

Symbolism

James gave Judy some red roses to show that he loved her.

Paradox

Hitler was a vegeterian and an animal lover.

Overstatement

I love chocolate so much I want to marry it!

Synonymy

vampire, parasite, bloodsucker, Dracula.

Antonymy

"You always pass failure on the way to success."

Collocations

The current political situation is anything but crystal clear.

Idiom

It was always going to be a one horse race

Semantic field

fish, bait, hook, rod, reel.

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