Figurative Language

Entertainment / Literature / Figurative Language: A deviation from what speakers of a language understand as the ordinary or standard use of words in order to achieve some special meaning or effect. Perhaps the two most common figurative devices are the simile--a comparison between two distinctly different things using 'like' or 'as' (My love's like a red, red rose')--and the metaphor--a figure of speech in which two unlike objects are implicitly compared without the use of 'like' or 'as.' These are both examples of tropes. Any figure of speech that results in a change of meaning is called a trope. Any figure of speech that creates its effect in patterns of words or letters in a sentence, rather than twisting the meaning of words, is called a scheme. Perhaps the most common scheme is parallelism. For a more complete list of schemes and tropes, see the schemes and tropes pages.

Other Words for Language

Language Noun Synonyms: jargon, lingua franca, vocabulary, terminology, vernacular, lingo
Language Attributive Synonyms: speech, tongue, idiom, parlance, dialect, idiolect, patois, jargon, cant, argot, vernacular, lingo

Natural Language Processing

Business / Search Engine Optimization (SEO) / Natural Language Processing: Algorithms which attempt to understand the true intent of a search query rather than just matching results to keywords. MORE

Ov Language

Entertainment / Literature / Ov Language: A language that tends to place the grammatical object before the verb in a sentence. Japanese is an example of an OV language. Contrast with VO languages. (pronounced 'oh-vee') MORE


Entertainment / Literature / Paralanguage: The non-verbal features that accompany speech and help convey meaning. For example, facial expression, gesticulation, body stance, and tone can help convey additional meaning to the spoken word, these MORE