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Ch 5: The Language of an Argument

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The Language of an Argument chapter of this Critical Thinking Study Guide course is the simplest way to master the language of an argument. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you learn the language of an argument.

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  • Verify you're ready by completing the Language of an Argument chapter exam.

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Students Will Review:

This chapter helps students review the concepts in a unit about the language of an argument in a standard psychology course. Topics covered include:

  • Literal language
  • The effects of language on thought and persuasion
  • How language impacts the truth in a statement
  • The value of precise language
  • Inferred meanings
  • Emotive language
  • Connotation and denotation
  • Using word relationship to determine meanings
  • Euphemism
  • Semantics
  • Writing syntax
  • Understanding categorical statements

11 Lessons in Chapter 5: The Language of an Argument
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Literal Language: Definition & Examples

1. Literal Language: Definition & Examples

Do you sometimes feel like nobody understands you? Well, perhaps you should try using more literal language! Learn more about this form of straightforward expression in this lesson, where you'll also find some literal language in action.

The Role of Language in Thought & Persuasion

2. The Role of Language in Thought & Persuasion

Depending on the way a sentence is constructed, words and phrases can take on many meanings. In this way, language plays a big role both in our lives. It may be used to inform others about an idea or persuade them to agree with us about a topic. Read on to find out more about how we use language in thought and persuasion!

The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

3. The Importance of Using Precise Language in Writing

The simple tips in this lesson will help your writing come to life. Learn how to choose particular nouns and verbs that are active or that show precise states of being, perfect modifiers, and, as an added bonus, a very powerful writing tool: similes.

What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

4. What is Inference? - How to Infer Intended Meaning

In this lesson, we will define the terms inference and intended meaning. We will then discuss what steps to take when making inferences in literature.

Emotive Language: Definition, Effects & Examples

5. Emotive Language: Definition, Effects & Examples

Words like 'sad' or 'happy' aren't the only kinds of 'emotive' language out there. Keep reading to learn more about this emotionally evocative use of language, its effects, and its appearances in the real world!

What Are Connotation and Denotation? - Definitions & Examples

6. 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.

Understanding Words By Their Relationships

7. Understanding Words By Their Relationships

Many words in the English language have multiple meanings. To really understand a word, we have to understand the relationship between particular words. In this lesson, we will examine this through connotations, denotations, synonyms, and analogies.

Euphemism: Definition & Examples

8. Euphemism: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines euphemisms, alternate language used in place of offensive language or when discussing taboo topics. Explore some examples of euphemisms in everyday language and well-known examples from literature.

What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

9. What Is Semantics? - Definition & Examples

Semantics, or the study of relationships between words and how we construct meaning, sheds light on how we experience the world and how we understand others and ourselves. Explore this concept with a definition and examples, and then check out the quiz to challenge your newfound knowledge.

Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

10. Syntax in Writing: Definition & Examples

Syntax is how a writer puts his words together to create effect and artistry. Learn more about syntax and how authors use it to convey intent and cause impact for their readers.

Categorical Statements: Definition, Standard Form & Translation

11. Categorical Statements: Definition, Standard Form & Translation

Categorical statements are used to aid in deductive reasoning, but they can be a little complicated. Through this lesson, you will learn how to define these statements and explore the various ways in which they can be constructed.

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