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Ch 8: Language and Style

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Watch informative online video lessons to learn about inclusive language, diction, speaking style and more. Take the quizzes that follow each lesson to test your knowledge of language and style.

Language and Style - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Whether you're looking to entertain friends with a speech at your best friend's wedding or persuade an audience of strangers to see your side of an issue, you'll need to choose your words carefully. Let instructors help you discern which speaking style is appropriate for your situation, so you can select the right language and achieve the effect you're looking for. Lessons in this chapter are designed to show you how to:

  • Establish your speaking style
  • Appeal to a diverse range of listeners
  • Employ vivid and accurate language

Video Objectives
The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose Explore the relationship between the style of your speech, your audience and the purpose of your message.
How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech Find out how word choice will influence your speech's style.
Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles Identify some of the main differences between written language styles and the oral language style you'll use to deliver your speech.
Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity Get tips for developing a speech that avoids slang, jargon, obscenity or any other type of language that would alienate certain members of your audience. Learn how to use inclusive language instead.
Using Accurate Language in Public Speaking Hone your ability to use language that's free of grammatical errors and mispronunciations.
Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking Discover methods for improving the clarity and vibrancy of your speech.

6 Lessons in Chapter 8: Language and Style
The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

1. The Style of a Speech: Speaker, Audience & Purpose

When writing a speech, a writer should consider the speaker, audience and purpose of the speech. Each factor influences the overall style of the speech.

How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

2. How Diction Influences the Style of a Speech

Audience understanding has much to do with the speech writer's word choice. Diction involves an accurate, appropriate and understandable selection of words to better convey the meaning of a speech.

Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

3. Major Differences Between Oral and Written Language Styles

Several differences contrast oral and written communication. Some differences seem obvious, but there's more to it. Retention, preciseness and engagement are just a few main differences.

Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

4. Inclusive Language in Public Speaking: Respecting Diversity

Speechwriters must consider diversity when writing their speeches. A way to avoid offending people is to use inclusive language, or language that the audience is familiar with and understands.

Grammar & Pronunciation in Public Speaking

5. Grammar & Pronunciation in Public Speaking

Using proper grammar and pronouncing words correctly are as important to the delivery of a quality speech as the content itself. Errors in sentence structure, word use and articulation will distract your audience and affect your overall speech delivery.

Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

6. Using Vivid Language in Public Speaking

A speech should not bore the audience. To captivate your audience and command their attention, the use of vivid language is necessary. This includes using clarity, rhythm and vividness to get your audience to pay attention to your speech.

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