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1. Methods of analysis

The methods outlined below are intended to provide you with a way of posing questions about texts and considering their features in terms of Language Change. The list is not exhaustive but designed to give you ‘ways in' to a text. Be selective and only apply those categories which are relevant to the text. Try to avoid feature spotting and descriptive comments. See Language of the Bible for further discussion of the terms used here.









Concepts (linking with AO2) 

Context (linking with AO3)

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Related to rhetoric; eloquently-expressed, designed to persuade.
The repetition of words or phrases at the beginning of neighbouring clauses
Regular repetition of the same word or phrase at the end of successive phrases or clauses.
Meaning no longer in current usage; often used of obsolete words or phrases.
High frequency words are those which are in regular use and would be widely known among all speakers of a language, e.g. ?house?, ?book?, ?jump?.
Low frequency words are less regularly used than high frequency words, although not rare, e.g. ?neuron?.
The Christian Bible consists of the Old Testament scriptures inherited from Judaism, together with the New Testament, drawn from writings produced from c.40-125CE, which describe the life of Jesus and the establishment of the Christian church.
Alliteration is a device frequently used in poetry or rhetoric (speech-making) whereby words starting with the same consonant are used in close proximity- e.g. 'fast in fires', 'stars, start'.
1. Correspondence or recurrence of sounds in words or syllables. 2. A pleasing combination of sounds.
A device similar to alliteration but where the vowel sound in a word is repeated and thus emphasised ' e.g. 'burnt and purged'.
term used to describe lines of verse in which 's' or 'z' sounds are enhanced