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The art of study or persuasion thru speaking/writing; language is elaborate or pretentious but actually empty/meaning little
diagram represents rhetorical situation as relationship among speaker, subject, audience
belief/statement taken for granted without proof.
careful reading is attentive to organization, figurative language, sentence structure, vocabulary, ect
basic/distinctive mode of expression
arrangement of words/ phrases to create well-formed sentences in a language.
generic name for figure of speech such as image, symbol, simile, metaphor.
pattern of words or sentence construction used for rhetorical effect- artful syntax
word, phrase, clause referred to by a pronoun.
critical or explanatory note or comment, especially for literary work
use of words common to earlier time period; antiquated language.
words/phrases that generally characteristic of spoken language and not of standard written language
Special words/ expressions used by a particular profession or group- difficult for others to understand
Artfully using single verb to refer to 2 different objects in ungrammatical but striking way, or artfully using an adjective to refer to 2 separate nouns, even tho adjective would logically only be appropriate for 1 of the 2
statement or proposition that seems self-contradictory or absurd but in reality expresses a possible truth.
question asked merely for effect with no answer expected.
repetition of words or phrases that have similar grammatical structures
noun that renames or clarifies another noun
sentence presents central meaning in main clause at end. independent clause is preceded by phrase or clause that cannot stand alone. effect is to add emphasis and structural variety.
cumulative sentence (loose)
sentence that completes main idea at beginning of sentence & then builds and adds on
dependent clause/ subordinate clause
clause in complex sentence that cannot stand alone as complete sentence & that functions within the sentence as noun or adjective or adverb
expresses complete thought & can stand alone as sentence. Has both a subject and verb.
sentence that makes statement or declaration
rhetorical figure of repetition when same word or phrase is repeated in (usually at the beginning of) successive lines, clauses, or sentences.
Commas used (with no conjunction) to separate series of words, speeds up flow of sentence. X, Y, Z as opposed to X, Y, and Z.
Deliberate use of many conjunctions (and)
Repetition of words in reverse order
parallel structure juxtaposes contrasting ideas
brief, cleverly worded statement that makes a wise observation about life.
sentence in which the verb precedes the subject.
Placement of two things closely together to emphasize comparisons or contrasts
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