Part 1 – Metalanguage word bank for books

Lisa Tran

June 16, 2012

English & EAL

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Metalanguage is language that describes language. The simplest way to explain this is to focus on part 3 of the English exam – Language Analysis. In Language Analysis, we look at the author’s writing and label particular phrases with persuasive techniques such as: symbolism, imagery or personification. Through our description of the way an author writes (via the words ‘symbolism’, ‘imagery’ or ‘personification’), we have effectively used language that describes language. For a detailed discussion, see What is metalanguage?

Character

  • Protagonist
  • Antagonist
  • False protagonist
  • Secondary character
  • Supporting character
  • Major character
  • Minor character

Genre

  • Adventure
  • Comic
  • Crime
  • Epistolary
  • Fantasy
  • Historical
  • Horror
  • Mystery
  • Philosophical
  • Political
  • Romance
  • Satire
  • Thriller

Form

  • Non-fiction
  • Novel
  • Novella
  • Plays
  • Poetry
  • Short stories

Language form

  • ProseIambic pentameter
  • Blank verse
  • Free verse

Narrative mode

  • First person view
  • Second person view
  • Third person view
  • Third person objective
  • Third person
  • Third person omnipresent
  • Third person limited
  • Alternating narrative view
  • Stream-of-consciousness
  • Linear narrative
  • Nonlinear narrative

Narrative tense

  • Past
  • Present
  • Future

Plot

  • Anti-climax
  • Climax
  • Conflict
  • Denouement
  • Dialogue
  • Exposition
  • Subplot
  • Trope-cliché
  • Turning point

Setting

  • Culture
  • Historical
  • Geographical
  • Social
  • Dystopia
  • Utopia

Other literary techniques

  • Active voice
  • Allegory
  • Alliteration
  • Allusion
  • Ambivalence
  • Ambiguity
  • Antithesis
  • Antonyms
  • Bildungsroman
  • Characterisation
  • Cliffhanger
  • Colloquialism
  • Complex sentence
  • Compound sentence
  • Connotation
  • Context
  • Denouement
  • Diachronic
  • Dialect
  • Dialogue
  • Elision
  • English (American)
  • English (Australian)
  • Enjambment
  • Epilogue
  • Epiphany
  • Euphemism
  • Flashback
  • Flash forward
  • Foreshadowing
  • Formal
  • Hyperbole
  • Idiom
  • Imagery
  • Informal
  • Irony
  • Juxtaposition
  • Lamb
  • Metaphor
  • Meter
  • Mood
  • Morphemes
  • Motif
  • Neologism
  • Onomatopoeia
  • Oxymoron
  • Paradox
  • Parody
  • Passive voice
  • Pathos
  • Periphrasis
  • Personification
  • Positioning
  • Prefix
  • Prologue
  • Rhetoric
  • Rhythm
  • Simile
  • Simple sentence
  • Slang
  • Soliloquy
  • Stereotype
  • Symbols
  • Synonyms
  • Tautology
  • Tone
  • Tragedy
  • Vernacular
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