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Language and Word Choice - Chapter Summary
Language and word choice are critical aspects of any form of verbal communication. In this chapter, you'll review how word meanings can be established. Some of the ways of finding meaning that will be covered are connotation, denotation, context and syntax. Instructors also show you how word choice can impact the meaning and tone of a writer's work. You'll see how words function in different situations. By the end of this chapter you should be able to:
- Define connotation and denotation and give examples of each
- Explain how word choice and language sets the tone of your essay
- Discuss the impact of word choice on meaning and tone
- Recognize an author's attitude towards a subject
- Use structural analysis and syntax to determine word meaning
- List strategies to build vocabulary
- Explain the use of reference materials for vocabulary
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1. How Word Choice and Language Sets the Tone of Your Essay
In this video, we will discuss how word choice sets the tone for your essay. This includes letting the reader know if you are angry, happy or even attempting to refrain from bias. These tools bring your 'voice' into your writing.
2. What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples
Discover the difference between a word's denotation and its connotation in this lesson. Explore how authors use both denotation and connotation to add layers of meaning to their work with some literary examples.
3. Impact of Word Choice on Meaning and Tone
In this lesson, you'll learn how authors can influence the meaning and the emotional effect of a sentence just by choosing the right words or by making references and comparisons. You'll learn the appropriate literary terms along with examples for each.
4. How to Recognize Attitude Expressed by the Author Towards a Subject
In this lesson, we will learn how to recognize an author's attitude toward his or her subject. We will pay close attention to the difference between formal, objective writing, and informal, subjective writing.
5. Using Structural Analysis to Determine the Meaning of Words
Discover the importance of using structural analysis to understand unfamiliar words. In this lesson, we'll discuss how to divide unknown words into known pieces to comprehend their overall meanings.
6. Using Syntax to Determine the Meaning of Words
Syntax can be a helpful tool in determining the meaning of unknown words. This lesson will explain what syntax is and how it can be used to break the code of unknown vocabulary.
7. Strategies for Acquiring and Using New Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will discuss methods for growing our vocabulary and putting the new words into practice. We will also learn how to discover the meaning of words based on the context, the surrounding information.
8. Using Reference Materials for Vocabulary
In this lesson, we will explore various reference materials that will allow you to increase your vocabulary. Common reference materials include dictionaries, glossaries, and thesauruses.
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