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Speech and Debate Terms
All the terms you need to know for public speaking or debate
words that name things, such as ideas and beliefs, that cannot be perceived by the senses.
a form of reasoning by comparison.
a brief, often amusing story.
quickly listing possibilities about a topic without stopping to evaluate each one.
a pattern for arranging details or events according to the order in which they happen in time.
a statement giving credit to the source of quoted material.
the clearness of expression
a conflict; opposition, especially of views or interests
a figurative expression that has been used so often that it has lost its power
the process of sharing information by using symbols to send and receive messages
a statement that shows the similarities between people, places, things, events, or ideas.
the final portion of a speech
words that name things that can be perceived by one or more of the five senses
the hidden meaning of a word; the feelings and associations that a words evokes
the surrounding words and sentences
the act of being convincing
the amount of trust and belief the speaker inspires in an audience; the quality of being believable
the dictionary meaning of a word
a regional of cultural variety of language differing from standard American English in pronunciation, grammar, or word choice
the words a speaker selects and the specific ways in which the speaker uses these words
statements used to arouse emotional reactions
the force or special attention given to a particular word or point
the distinctness of the sound a speaker makes
material that establishes the soundness of a reason
a single instance that supports or develops a statement
an item of information or a statement that can be proved, or verified, by testing, by observing or by consulting reference materials
a central point of attention or interest
a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc
a speech given on the spur of the moment with no preparation
the upward or downward glide of pitch as a person speaks
a speech that provides information to an audience
the process of explaining the information that has been selected and organized
the beginning of a speech the presentation of one person to another or to a group
language that is used by people within a particular group or field, but is not necessarily understood by those outside the group
a melody pattern that consists of only one tone
communication without words
a personal belief or attitude
the presentation of a work of literature to a group of listeners in order to express the meaning contained in the literary work
the essential features or main aspects of something under discussion
a speech that established a fact, changes a belief, or moves an audience to act on a policy
the highness or lowness of a sound
the presentation of another person's work or ideas as if they were the speakers own
compressed highly charged language that appeals to emotions and the imagination, usually arranged in lines with a regular rhythm and often with a definite rhyme scheme
anything that gives an advance idea or impression of something to come
the combining of precisely articulated speech sounds in two distinct words
the normal form of written or spoken language; any type of speech or writing that is not poetry
The speed at which a person talks or reads a section aloud
the repetition of an idea using different words
the art or science of all specialized literary uses of language in prose or verse, including the figures of speech
something that serves as a clue or indication; sign
highly informed language that is formed by creating new words or giving common words new meanings
Standard American English
language that follows the rules and guidelines found in grammar and composition books
a biased belief about a whole group of people based on insufficient or irrelevant evidence
the examples facts, statistics, reasons, anecdotes or expert testimony that a speaker used to back up main ideas
a complete sentence that expressed the speaker's most important idea, or key point, about a topic
the speaker's attitude or feeling toward a subject and an audience
a pattern of organization in which a topic is broken down into parts that are then arranged in an order determined by the speaker
bridges between ideas
relevance, or relationship, to the experience of all human beings