The use of words on oral or written discourse. Diction includes vocabulary, which generally means words one at a time, and syntax, which generally means word order. (A Handbook to Literature)
Choice of words. Diction is often described as either informal or colloquial if it resembles everyday speech, or as formal if it is instead lofty, impersonal, and dignified. Tone is determined largely through diction. (The Norton Anthology of World Literature: Literary Terms)
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A Handbook to Literature. William Harmon.
“Cogito et Histoire de la Folie.” Jacques Derrida.
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The Norton Introduction to Philosophy. Gideon Rosen and Alex Byrne.
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Writing the Other. Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward.« Back to Reference Index