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Formal and Informal Language

English (Year 12) - Fiction Language Features

Ben Whitten

Formal and Informal Language

  • Slang: Slang refers to a type of informal language that is often used within specific groups or subcultures. It can involve the use of unconventional words or expressions that are not commonly used in standard English.

  • Jargon: Jargon is a specialized vocabulary or set of terms that is used within a particular profession or field. It can be technical or complex language that is not easily understood by those outside of that profession or field.

  • Dialogue: Dialogue is the conversation between characters in a story. It can reveal their personalities, relationships, and conflicts, and move the plot forward.

  • Colloquial language: Colloquial language refers to the use of informal language that is commonly used in everyday conversation. It can include regional dialects, idioms, and slang.

  • Diction: Diction refers to the choice and use of words and phrases in speech or writing. It can reflect a person's education, background, or social status, and can impact the tone and style of a piece of writing.

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