Writing about Simple Language Techniques
Knowing the difference between language techniques is useless unless you are also able to find them or write about them effectively in writing about simple language techniques.. Let’s look at how you can find, analyse and utilise different techniques for a response.
- Techniques can overlap (e.g. Boom Bang Bash can be both alliteration and onomatopoeia)
- Read a sentence first, and think of what its trying to show. The technique is the method of showing
- If you cannot think of the term, write a ‘quote’ and talk about what it means.
Interpretation and Comprehension
The next step to master is interpretation – working out what a technique is doing.
e.g. Freedom at last! Freedom at last! Repetition.
What is it doing? It signifies ‘freedom’ in an emotional way which makes the idea of freedom more significant and powerful.
If you are referring to a language technique as evidence, you need to follow the same process as comprehension.
You also must find something for it to support.
If there is nothing to support, there is no need to have it.
You should focus on using discussion to explain how the technique you have chosen is important to your answer.
You do this by linking the technique to your topic sentence.
Emotion is used in X to strengthen meaning.
e.g. Repetition of ‘Freedom at Last!’ reflects an emotional argument, which when repeated, becomes stronger.
If discussing language techniques as an essay question, you need to focus on how a text uses techniques as a whole rather than regurgitate examples.
e.g. Repetition is used throughout the text to represent emotional points in a memorable way. This enables the author to reinforce his main ideas and question the audience. For instance…
Make sure you understand why you are using your chosen evidence.
It is important that you are also able to explain in your own words how it satisfies a question or task.