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  American Rhetoric: Rhetorical Devices in Sound
Rhetorical Figures in Sound is a compendium of 200+ brief audio (mp3) clips illustrating 39 different figures of speech.
Most of these figures were constructed, identified, and classified by Greek and Roman teachers of rhetoric in the Classical period.
For each rhetorical device, definitions and examples, written and audio, are provided.
www.americanrhetoric.com /rhetoricaldevicesinsound.htm   (269 words)

  
 Floridian: Pardon, my rhetorical device is showing
"Rhetorical strategies" are important tools of famous, respected literary humorists such as myself and Mark Twain, although neither of us had ever heard of the term before looking it up on Google.
As a rhetorical device, poop is funny - always, in any context, using any terminology.
That is a device known as "conflation," in which you combine two words into one for comedic effect.
sptimes.com /2006/11/05/Floridian/Pardon__my_rhetorical.shtml   (625 words)

  
  Howard L Nations Law Firm - Themes: Part 6
A rhetorical question is that device which a speaker can use to prompt the listener to ponder the answer of a question where both speaker and listener realize an answer is not expected.
Rhetorical questions are frequently used in summation to empower jurors by having them answer a question in their own minds which makes them better understand that they have the power to resolve the issue raised in the question.
The rhetorical device of alliteration is used to establish the flow and rhythm of your summation.
www.howardnations.com /themes/themes6.html   (2464 words)

  
 rrr is for rrrhetoric
And rhetorical devices are techniques for speaking or writing well; weapons in the arsenal of the speaker or writer, tools in the toolbox.
Longtime readers have seen plenty of rhetorical devices discussed in these columns: syllepsis and zeugma, euphemisms, alliteration, oxymorons and tautologies, and of course plenty of paronomasia, among others.
My favorite rhetorical devices are mostly those in which a speaker claims something to be true while implying the opposite.
www.kith.org /logos/words/lower3/rrrhetoric.html   (675 words)

  
 The Rhetorical Art of Fencing With Humor   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
The purposes of humor in rhetoric are to address contempt, disarm an opponent, dispose of an argument or to endear the rhetorician to the audience.
There are specific rules a rhetorician must follow when using humor lest he or she misuse the rhetorical device and have it backfire from the intended purpose.
Furthermore, in rhetoric the audience serves as a litmus test which double-checks the rhetorician to ensure that rhetoric is not overrun by false ideas and manipulation introduced through humor.
students.uwsp.edu /tcedo167/the.htm   (1876 words)

  
 False News Trial -- 25 Gary Botting
Rhetorical devices used by Harwood included the reduction of an argument to an absurdity, reductio ad absurdum.
The persuasive effect of the booklet was a mix of three different elements: the accuracy of the facts, the rhetorical devices used by the author and the statements of opinion.
The use of the word "proved" was a rhetorical device used to reinforce the subjective conclusion of the author.
www.ihr.org /books/kulaszka/25botting.html   (4496 words)

  
 essay5   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
I chose two essays that are on opposite sides of these spectrums, yet use the same rhetorical devices to prove their sides of the argument.
The first rhetorical device that I found in both of the essays is Ad Hominem argument.
Both of the authors used these rhetorical devices to get their standing position across even though their views are opposing.
dana.ucc.nau.edu /~asc25/essay5.html   (817 words)

  
 Silk, 1996   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
It is also a rhetorical device that has had an important presence in rhetorical argument since antiquity.
Second, the functions of narrative in rhetorical argument can be accounted for in terms of three factors: (1) the epistemological assumptions of the larger rhetorical system in which the narrative is utilized, (2) the aims of the rhetor, and (3) the specific portion of the argument in which the narrative appears.
Furthermore, in forensic rhetoric, the range of functions a narrative may have in a given trial argument seems to depend on the audience trying the case; that is, whether the audience is a jury or a judge.
www.hss.cmu.edu /departments/english/degrees/phd_rhetoric/abstracts/silk.html   (336 words)

  
 Effective Manifestations of Medieval Rhetoric and Their Implications for Professional Writing
The years in which medieval rhetoric was taught and practiced extended from approximately the Fall of the Roman Empire in the late 5th century to the uncovering of the complete work of Quintillian in the late 15th century.
This is a very effective rhetorical device as it is a more subtle and apt method of winning the agreement of the intended audience.
The fact that she did not adhere, as a conscious choice, to the rhetorical conventions of her age meant that her writing was dismissed and even lost for hundreds of years.
www.dosswerks.com /portfolio/Effect.htm   (5119 words)

  
 Rhetorical Devices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
There seems to be some confusion here around the notion of the ‘rhetorical device’.
Rhetoric after all is simply “the art of speaking or writing effectively,” and the techniques of expression are our business.
And if we can study the rhetorical devices currently employed, and we become adroit in the critique of them, we can ultimately move the system off of its present center.
users.cwnet.com /phelps/rhet.htm   (153 words)

  
 A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices
Sometimes a given device or trope will fall mainly into a single category, as for example an expletive is used mostly for emphasis; but more often the effects of a particular device are multiple, and a single one may operate in all three categories.
Remember that rhetorical devices are aids to writing and not ends of writing; you have no obligation to toss one into every paragraph.
Rhetorical question (erotesis) differs from hypophora in that it is not answered by the writer, because its answer is obvious or obviously desired, and usually just a yes or no. It is used for effect, emphasis, or provocation, or for drawing a conclusionary statement from the facts at hand.
www.virtualsalt.com /rhetoric.htm   (18053 words)

  
 Rhetoric
Rhetoric has been studied for very many years as a result of its crucial importance, and a number of divisions have been made.
With that in mind, we can now analyse specific rhetorical devices that have occurred often enough that their use and effect is well understood.
Now the rhetorical effect is one of trying to put into a few words something that is far bigger and too complex to capture in a single sentence.
www.galilean-library.org /int21.html   (4618 words)

  
 Research Proposal:   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Metadiscourse is a rhetorical device that conveys a writer’s feelings toward a subject and clarifies text for the reader.
As a result, E-mail is frequently composed of short declarative statements and conversational messages devoid of rhetorical devices, such as metadiscourse, to help clarify meaning and provide a richness of text and tone (Berghel, 1997; Crismore, Markkanen and Steffensen, 1993; Sussman, Golden and Beuclair, 1991; Tebeaux, 1996).
Bernadette Longo (1994), in a study comparing metadiscourse usage in persuasive documents prepared by both a subject matter expert and a group of students, found that the use of metadiscourse was directly related to the individuals’ awareness (or lack thereof) of the rhetorical device.
ksumail.kennesaw.edu /~jbocchi/plan1.htm   (2608 words)

  
 X
As a grammatical and rhetorical device, the figure of a chiasm corresponds, basically, to inverted parallelism.
As distinct from chiasm--a distinction largely responsible for the relegation of chiasm to a secondary and merely ornamental role--the hysteron proteron is said to serve as principle for creating continuity without the use of transitory particles between multitermed and contrasting passages.
Chiasm, then, is no linger a merely ornamental form or psychological device but, rather, reveals itself as an originary form of thought, of dianoia.
www.pd.org /topos/perforations/perf11/X.html   (562 words)

  
 b-greek-digest V1 #782
All composition during this era was "rhetorical composition." > "Rhetorical device" (it seems to me) tends to trivialize the complex > issues involved, although I won't bore the list with a bibliography > concerning composition in the ancient world.
Seems to me rhetoric and its use in the ancient world is precisely the point you were trying to make, if not please enlighten me further.
My point simply was that the term "rhetorical device," as understood by most people today, connotes a trivialization of the complexities of rhetorical composition (this is confirmed by your use of the term in the last sentence above concerning me).
www.ibiblio.org /bgreek/archives/greek-3/msg01112.html   (4342 words)

  
 Rhetorical Devices Homepage   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Rhetorical devices can enhance your writing, making for easier communication and a more interesting overall effect.
Explore the categories of rhetorical devices, using the links to the left, to find out how they can enhance your next writing assignment.
The first links are the simplest, and the rest build somewhat off of the simplest rhetorical devices.
www-pub.naz.edu:9000 /~csick4/english_site/rhetdevicehome.html   (126 words)

  
 Language Log: Etymology as argument
Geoff Pullum has observed that the Eskimo vocabulary hoax is frequently evoked in a particular rhetorical pattern: If the Eskimos have N words for snow, then the must have words for .
I suspect this device grew up in the church, where it was probably born in legitimate word-study sermons for congregations who don't know Hebrew or Greek.
But Carrie has put her finger on a rhetorical truth: lexicographical exegesis is usually an effective way to introduce an interpretive frame.
itre.cis.upenn.edu /~myl/languagelog/archives/002248.html#more   (1146 words)

  
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Litotes in the Bible: Litotes is a rhetorical device of understatement used in some languages in which a positive statement is intended by stating the opposite of its negative, for example, saying "not many" for the meaning "a few".
Please note that by giving a wording with the litotes removed, we are not suggesting that preserving litotes is necessarily inferior translation, especially for a language such as English which uses litotes.
But some variant of the natural meaning should be used in translation for other languages which do not have litotes as one of their rhetorical devices.
www.geocities.com /bible_translation/litotes.txt   (535 words)

  
 Spel Chek   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
A new rhetorical device has come into vogue in modern discourse: the spell check.
This rhetorical device is one that Aristotle never dreamed of.
And though it may appear at first glance an absurd and trivial quirk of incipient technology, a cheap shot, perhaps we behold the beginning of a bold new form of art and social commentary: the spell check cultural portrait.
www.nuvo.net /archive/120299/120299_art_b.html   (392 words)

  
 Use of Rhetorical Devices   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Below are a whole bunch of terms for different rhetorical devices.
In formal prose the simile is a device both of art and explanation, comparing the unfamiliar thing to be explained to some familiar thing (an object, event, process, etc.) known to the reader.
This device creates the effect of extemporaneity and immediacy: you are relating some fact when suddenly something very important arises, or else you cannot resist an instant comment, so you just stop the sentence and the thought you are on right where they are and insert the fact or comment.
www.megabrands.com /carroll/faq3.html   (17776 words)

  
 Rhetorical Devices
The word rhetoric refers to "the art of speaking or writing effectively.” Device, according to Shakespeare, is “anything fancifully conceived.” So a rhetorical device is a fancy turn of phrase--a use of language that creates a literary effect and, ideally, prompts an emotional response.
And, as an extra-credit option, you will be awarded points for effectively incorporating (and labeling) the various rhetorical devices you successfully employ in your graduation speech.
Also, there will be a quiz following the rhetorical device presentation that tests your ability to successfully identify some of the devices in action, so be sure to take good notes as the various devices are presented.
www.uen.org /utahlink/activities/view_activity.cgi?activity_id=14592   (335 words)

  
 mrgblank   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Please keep each term on a separate page in that section of your notebook entitled "Rhetorical Device Glossary." Naturally, your glossary should be prefaced by a master list (table of contents).
I will be asking you to turn in sections of your glossary to me and to http://www.turnitin.com at various times throughout the year (don't expect much advance notice – after all, your glossary must be current).
Check out "Useful Terms" in your Bedford Reader, A Handbook of Rhetorical Devices by Robert A. Harris at http://www.virtualsalt.com/rhetoric.htm, The Forest of Rhetoric by Dr. Gideon Burton at http://humanities.byu.edu/rhetoric/silva.htm, and A Glossary of Rhetorical Terms with Examples at http://www.uky.edu/AS/Classics/rhetoric.html.
www.teachnlearn.org /rhetorical_device_glossary.htm   (714 words)

  
 Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2003.09.18
In the realm of Tacitean studies there is, as it now stands, a virtual subsection of research in Tacitean rhetoric, with sententiae as a focal point of particular current interest.
The study does not however, address how Tacitus' rhetoric (and obviously here we specifically mean sententiae) and texts fit into the author's political, cultural and literary environment (though the author does locate the literary and [ancient] theoretical place of sententiae).
This is not intended to criticize K. Rather it is a caveat, that his book is in the nature of an alternative (and very close) reading, which serves as something of a complement to Sinclair's more expansive study (in the political, cultural and [modern] theoretical sense) in this area.
ccat.sas.upenn.edu /bmcr/2003/2003-09-18.html   (1329 words)

  
 Witch Powers as Rhetorical Device
Taken thus as a rhetorical device, discourse about the disappearing member exaggerates a familiar Christian understanding of woman as a being located somewhere between the masculine impulse to spiritual purity and the menace of unregulated carnality.
For an interesting reappearance of the monk’s rhetorical ploy, consider a modern instance where the word witch was not employed, but the same semiotic links set in motion by the witch hunts were once again brought into play: the sorry case of John and Lorena Bobbitt.
In a culture tragically drenched in cases of domestic violence, this episode was singled out by the media for celebrity status, and (judging by the attention accorded it by pundits, talk radio, and late-night TV) it apparently fascinated the culture as a whole.
www.stolaf.edu /people/booth/femrhet.html   (3022 words)

  
 Silva Rhetoricae: The Forest of Rhetoric
Sometimes it is difficult to see the forest (the big picture) of rhetoric because of the trees (the hundreds of Greek and Latin terms naming figures of speech, etc.) within rhetoric.
This site is intended to help beginners, as well as experts, make sense of rhetoric, both on the small scale (definitions and examples of specific terms) and on the large scale (the purposes of rhetoric, the patterns into which it has fallen historically as it has been taught and practiced for 2000+ years).
For students of rhetoric, literature, or communication, don't forget to look at the examples of Rhetorical Analysis (at the bottom of the "trees").
humanities.byu.edu /rhetoric   (459 words)

  
 Rhetorical Question   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Perhaps the most common and important type of rhetorical device is the rhetorical question.
This is a particular kind of question which, although seemingly entirely innocent, because it assumes its own answer - is a very persuasive rhetorical device indeed.
Here is an example: 'How would you like to be in his position?', you might ask in a persuasive essay - and obviously the answer is implied in the question and need not be given, yet the effect is to engage the reader's attention persuasively.
www.englishbiz.co.uk /popups/rhetquestion.htm   (225 words)

  
 The Consortiumnews.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-02)
Though employed more subtly in his second Inaugural, the rhetorical device was back as Bush mixed together platitudes about “freedom” with oblique references to both his foreign and domestic policies.
The presidential message seemed to be that Americans who complain about his defiance of international law in Iraq, his assertion of near-unlimited presidential powers in the War on Terror or his plan to revamp the Social Security system by shifting it toward individual retirement accounts are not just Bush opponents but opponents of freedom.
Again, Bush is juxtaposing himself as the brave leader who stands up for truth against his imaginary opponents who supposedly want to pretend that jailed dissidents prefer their chains or that women welcome humiliation or that human beings aspire to be bullied.
www.consortiumnews.com /Print/2005/012105.html   (741 words)

  
 Project WhistleStop "Show Me" Learning Lesson: Rhetorical Devices in a Primary Source
Rhetorical devices are techniques used to present facts and ideas in clear, convincing, and attractive language.
Students can evaluate the effectiveness of a primary source by learning to identify rhetorical devices.
Students could look for definitions on Intemet sites or by using textual materials in a classroom (Google.com provided many sites about rhetorical devices on a wide range of levels).After the research/defining time period, students share what they learned in a class discussion.
www.trumanlibrary.org /whistlestop/teacher_lessons/rhetoricaldevices.htm   (402 words)

  
 SSRN-The Good Faith Thaumatrope: A Model of Rhetoric in Corporate Law Jurisprudence by Sean Griffith
That is, it operates as a speech-act, a performance, as opposed to a structured mode of analysis.
In periods of crisis and scandal, the judiciary employs rhetorical devices to reduce the pressure, typically with the effect of increasing board accountability, only to return, once the pressure recedes, to a position of board deference.
The paper finds several examples of this rhetorical structure in corporate law history and argues, ultimately, that the good faith thaumatrope is merely the latest such device and is likely to follow a similar evolutionary path.
papers.ssrn.com /sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=571121   (442 words)

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