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I have to 'discuss the language' of some quotes which I have taken out of the text which I'm doing, but I'm not sure what to do.
With this, do I have to talk about punctuation marks, specific words?

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    I don't think they mean punctuation. I think they are talking about why the writer used a specific vocabulary. Do the words have a double meaning? Are they in a different language? Are they chosen to protray a specific mood? Are they chosen for sound?

    Now... the other possibility is that the works are by authors who do NOT use punctuation... There are few of those...and , my opinion, the works are very hard to read. <G>

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    Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. In addition to the assistance you've received above, here are some things you might discuss:

    In the quotes you have selected, have you found fact or fiction, figurative language (metaphors, similes, etc.) What is the style, or vocabulary, like. Are these quotes relevant or irrlevant.


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    I'd focus on choice of words, for the most part, in addition to the order in which the words are placed in the phrases and clauses.

    Normal English word order in a sentences is this: subject - verb - direct object/predicate noun or adjective. Whenever that order is not kept, it's either a question or there's some emphasis being made.

    To deal with word choice, be sure to make heavy use of a good thesaurus, such as http://www.thesaurus.com You'll be able to look up synonyms and then discuss the other words an author may have chosen; you'll be able to explain why you think the author chose what he/she did and why other similar words weren't used.

    Example: "thrown into jail" vs "incarcerated" -- why would an author use one or the other?

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