Feb 25, 2013 - Communication    No Comments

English examination practice: question 4

Compare the different ways in which language is used for effect in the two texts, give some examples and analyse the effects. (Storm at sea & Source 1)

In source 1, the newspaper article about wind farms, the first thing you can notice is that the style of writing is very formal, the effect of this is that it will usually attract readers with a large or sophisticated vocabulary.

Another way in which language is used in Source 1, is through the use of special political and economical terms, such as ‘Campaigners, local council, conservationists’, the effect of the use of these words further attracts readers who are interested in politics.

Newspaper cliches are also seen in the article, such as “Environmentalists have ‘called for’ a change…”
“experts have said…”
Using these cliches are commonplace and easily understood by the reader, they usually prevent misunderstanding by the reader.

In the extract from the book ‘Storm at Sea’

Language will be used for effect more than a newspaper article would.
The book is in no way formal, and uses more descriptive language than the article, such as using her feelings to describe her situation, like ‘exhausted’, she also uses the cliche ‘full of anticipation’, the effect of using these words and sentences is that readers will recognize these features clearly, and can even relate to them at points, this can draw readers into the book more if they can relate to a point made from own experience, using descriptive words also makes the book more ‘colorful’ as in, it is nicer to read and is not boring.

Anti climax is also seen in the text, when the author was saying how she was certain that the sky would become clear and the wind would drop, building up anticipation, only to have the winds blow stronger than before, which deflated the hope she may have had before.

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