We are Learning. How to answer questions about word choice. All writers choose words because of the particular effect of the word.
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Denotation of the word “home”= the place where someone lives and sleeps.
Connotation of the word “home”= a place of warmth, safety and security.
When studying questions about word choice, we must also be aware of some of the style choices that authors make in their writing.
About informal and formal language.
About emotive language.
Emotive language is language that is designed to evoke/arouse emotions and feelings in the reader.
1. “appalling weather”
2. “very bad weather”
They both mean the same thing, but why is 1 better than 2?
“appalling” means something that is shocking and horrifying. The phrase means that the weather was so bad that it could shock and horrify you.
How to identify jargon in a piece of writing.
Jargon is the technical language used in connection with a specialised field of study.
However, if changing the antecedents is not successful in improving behaviour, it will be necessary to try to modify the pupil’s behaviour by changing the consequences. Behaviour modification takes two forms: there are behaviour formation and behaviour elimination techniques. The former involves the use of positive reinforcement and the latter employs tactical ignoring.
About writer’s use of dialect in their work
Dialect is the name given to the style of English spoken in a particular part of the English speaking world.
How to identify archaisms in writing.
An archaism is a deliberately old fashioned word that a contemporary author uses for a particular effect.
“farewell” for “goodbye”.
Mr Johnson responded avidly to the interviewer’s questions. He outlined his government’s policies on housing with considerable clarity and dexterity, speaking intelligently, enunciating his words with precision and appearing to take a great deal of trouble to ensure that he was communicating as effectively as possible. Sets of statistics, percentages and other figures were reeled off effortlessly in his attempt to persuade his interlocutor that the department’s policies in this area were sound. Yet it was impossible to resist the conclusion that despite his suave, polished performance, he was little more than just another numbers geek.
informal tone contrasts so strongly with the largely formal language in the rest of the paragraph.
“The policeman strolled into the house.”
“Oil prices have rocketed in recent years.”
the writer wants to emphasise the sudden, dramatic , explosive rise in prices.
Suggests that she could not take her eyes off the screen. She was unable to move.