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Style/Diction

  • In: Encyclopedia of Identity
  • Edited by: Ronald L. Jackson II & Michael A. Hogg
  • Subject:Self & Identity, Identity, Self & Identity

Diction describes word choices in written and spoken communication. Correct diction includes appropriate and accurate word choices. A writer or speaker must make careful, well-informed word choices to communicate effectively with the intended audience. Diction also extends to proper arrangement of words, including grammatical concerns, such as subject-verb agreement, and to mechanics, such as punctuation and spelling.

Mastery of diction establishes the purpose, tone, and accessibility to any written or spoken work. In the discussion of writing, diction ...

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