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words that name things, such as ideas and beliefs, that cannot be perceived by the senses.
a pattern for arranging details or events according to the order in which they happen in time.
a statement that shows the similarities between people, places, things, events, or ideas.
the amount of trust and belief the speaker inspires in an audience; the quality of being believable
a regional of cultural variety of language differing from standard American English in pronunciation, grammar, or word choice
an item of information or a statement that can be proved, or verified, by testing, by observing or by consulting reference materials
a movement or position of the hand, arm, body, head, or face that is expressive of an idea, opinion, emotion, etc
language that is used by people within a particular group or field, but is not necessarily understood by those outside the group
the presentation of a work of literature to a group of listeners in order to express the meaning contained in the literary work
a speech that established a fact, changes a belief, or moves an audience to act on a policy
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
the normal form of written or spoken language; any type of speech or writing that is not poetry
the art or science of all specialized literary uses of language in prose or verse, including the figures of speech
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
a pattern of organization in which a topic is broken down into parts that are then arranged in an order determined by the speaker
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