Howdy guys. So, in this article, I am going to share about Language Analysis. Language is an essential aspect when it comes to writing an article, essay, etc. Your language tells everything about your writing style and how much knowledge you have about writing. So, if you want to know what are the methods to do language analysis, then my friend 😉 keep reading. I will cover everything from a writers perspective to an analysts perspective. This article will mainly cover following points:
- Language analysis definition.
- Elements in Language analysis
- Language analysis features.
- Language analysis techniques.
So, guys let’s get started with our Language analysis.
1) What is Language Analysis?
In simple words, Language Analysis means to understand what a writer is saying in his piece of writing like an essay or an article. Analysis refers to how a writer is conveying his ideas through language techniques, such as figures of speech, sentence structure, tone, word choice, etc. The analysis of language is what you call as “Language Analysis.” You have to study the article or an essay or whatever text piece you have, very carefully and hence, identify each component in it. You might get to write a language analysis assignment. So, not to worry, I will surely discuss all the aspects of language in this article to help you analyze things better.
2) Elements in Language Analysis
The following is a list of those elements whom you need to identify in the writing piece you have:
- Author- First of all, identify who wrote that writing piece? Get to know the Author. According to me, we also develop that curiosity that who might have written the article? So, before moving on ahead with the analysis, you note down the name of its Author. Sometimes, it also gives an impression in mind.
- Text type- You should know that what type of writing piece you are about to study. Is it an opinion column, speech, a letter or an editorial?
- Publication- Check, from where did the write-up got published?
Now, we are about to check the elements for which we have to read the whole write-up.
- Audience- You need to check, for what kind of audience is that write-up going to be published? How will the audience react after reading it? Is the write-up appealing enough? You need to check all this.
- Contention- It means, what is the main point of view which the author is trying to convey in his write-up.
- Arguments supporting contention- Find out whether the arguments made are negative or positive. Both can be used by an Author. Arguments influence the contention of a write-up.
- Title- It is the most important part of a write-up piece. The audience tends to bend towards winning titles. But, the titles should relate to the content. You have to check that how is the title engaging and persuasive?
- Persuasive techniques- Find out the persuasive techniques that the author has put in his work. Find out, whether those techniques are used throughout the entire write-up or in just a few sections?
- Visuals- Pictures or videos or other visual items are essential to emphasize things which you write in your write-up piece. Now, you need to check whether those visuals are complimenting the author’s contention or not? A good write-up will always have matching and strong visuals supporting the content in the write-up.
- Tone- It is the attitude of the author with which he expresses his write-up. The tone may change or remain the same throughout the write-up. The tone is expressed by use of syntax, the point of view, diction and the level of formality in the write-up. So, you need to check the tone of the Author.
3) Features of Language Analysis
When you start analyzing a write-up, you must know that how it’s written. It means for a good language analysis, you first need to identify language techniques and for that, you should have a good knowledge about it. Following are some of the important language techniques which you may notice while analyzing the write-up you have:
When you use words that have the same letter and same sound at the beginning of their pronunciation like, “Betty bought better butter,” is what you call as alliteration. It’s a poetic device to make a chain of words which start with the same consonant sound. There should be no heavy alliteration used in the whole write-up, as sometimes it makes the write-up blur or might get you off the track too.
Another important feature of language analysis is the usage of Simile in the write-up. Simile is a comparison made of one thing with the another. Example:”He ran as fast as a Cheetah on the ground.” Now here, the man is being compared to a fast running Cheetah because that man may be running too fast. So, the man was compared to a Cheetah, and thus this is where simile comes in.
It literary means, “the sound I make.” What I want to say is that Onomatopoeia are words which gives the feel of a sound being made like, “splash, spray, sprinkle, drizzle, bang, etc.” We can easily feel the sound when we pronounce these words. For example, “He banged the door and left.” Here, banged gave us the indication that the door got closed very hitting hard. So, such words give us the indication of the activity which happens at that moment. We can visualize easily.
It is again one of the interesting features of language analysis. Metaphors are words which describe a situation regarding something else. It’s kind of an indirect comparison. Metaphor shows that one thing is another thing.
Example: “This girl is on fire.” Now, this metaphor doesn’t mean lthat the girl has been caught in a fire, rather it means that the girl is doing brilliantly in some activity.
It is a comparison where a non-human thing is described in terms of human.
Example: “The last piece of the blueberry cheesecake, called my name.” So, blueberry cheesecake is not a human being which is calling me, but I have personified it, and thus it is described as if it’s really calling me. This means that I badly want to eat that tasty cake :p
So, these were the five important language techniques which you need to know while analyzing a write-up piece. For a detailed study on Language techniques, click here. You need to identify these language techniques and then judge and write a language analysis. Now, let’s talk about language analysis features. So, following are the language analysis features which will help you write a perfect language analysis essay for your assignments:
You need to identify that what kind of words, is the author using in his write-up and why? You need to understand that how the author is playing with words.
- A poet might use words in the exact way they sound or in a different way (assonance), playing with initial letters of the words. This is for different effects in the write-up.
- Writers may use verbs depicting motion when they want to show some kind of emergency like running or something else.
- Author may also use symbolic characters and place names to make his writeup more interesting.
You have to give attention towards how authors use punctuation and sentence structure. They are either used in a usual manner or an unusual manner. This trick is used to create effects at different points in a poem or novel. The author might use following tricks to play with language:
- No punctuation used.
- Heavy or short punctuated sentences
- The author might use simple and folktale narrative language
- Long lines which are not punctuated.
You need to check the point of view that the author is keeping in his writing. He might be talking in perspective of the second person or the third person. What he is trying to portray, this you need to find out. What perspective is the poet or the author trying to put in?
Sometimes, writers use incorrect grammar but, that is not because they are not good at it, rather they use it deliberately. It is because the writers have their own style of writing and it’s up to them that how they want to use words in their write up. You have to check this out that whether, the writer has used the incorrect grammar deliberately or whether it was a mistake? Try to consider the effects of tenses and the rhetorical effects.
You need to find out that what kind of picture is the writer trying to make through his writing. The words can also connect things. The write-up may be a mix up of many colours being involved which symbolize something. Then comes nature/landscape/geography. You need to be sure that what feelings the writer has. Focus on the examples that the writer has given. This puts more impact on the readers mind.
4) Language Analysis Techniques
Language analysis is a very useful skill. Succeeding in many academic and college courses is necessary. An excellent language analysis report tells a lot about the author. Such reports provide the reader a detailed analysis. So, let’s talk about techniques used for Language Analysis:
i. To Understand the Format
- First, you need to understand the purpose of a language analysis. Once, you understand the need then you are good to go.
- Now, you need to understand the methodology of a language analysis. You must get familiarize with different kinds of rhetorical devices and persuasive techniques used by writers.
- Next is to understand the desired outcome of a language analysis.
Now, we have understood the format of language analysis. Let’s get started.
ii. Ready, Steady, Go! 😉 😀
- Read the material which you have. Read throughly and make notes. Do an initial scan and then move into details. This will help you do your analysis in detail.
- Underline or Highlight key passages. This will help you to identify the aspects which you want to use. Highlighting the passages and making notes is what will make things easy for you.
- Identify, what is the strong intention of the author. This will help you organize your thoughts and formulate your analysis.
iii. Identify Rhetorical Language Use
- Understand this situation. It is important that you understand all of the factors in the current situation which are surrounding the text you are analyzing.
- Be attentive towards word choice. See which word means what? If the author says that “ended.” This word means something has ended or finished. It’s up to you to find out the real meaning of the word used.
- Entertain the arguments made by the writer in the text you have.
- See logical implementations in the text. That helps in giving you a proper understanding of the Author’s style.
- Check out the metaphors. I have already discussed above in language analysis features, about metaphors.
- Bring out analogies. These are comparisons done between two things that intend to help the reader understand a situation or an event.
iv. Finally, Write your Analysis
- Finalize a thesis statement.
- Avoid the thesis which is generally taught to beginner writers as that is standard three-part thesis.
- Prepare a brief introduction for your thesis. A good introduction gives an amazing start.
- Now, write the body of the paper. Oly present information that supports your thesis. Try to talk point by point and with much clear motives.
- Finally, write a conclusion which summarizes your thesis.
v. Revise and Apply final touches
- Go through the whole essay of language analysis. Create a catchy title for your writeup.
- Revise your essay once and twice to make sure of no errors.
- Check on grammar issues.
- Finally check for problems with quote incorporation or with formatting.
So, finally, we have come to a conclusion. Just be attentive and observe the style of the writer, whose text piece you have to analyze. Study thoroughly, and you are all set to go. So, guys, these were few tips and techniques which will help you with your language analysis. If you liked this information, then stay connected and do comment below to let me know your views. In case of any query, you can contact us via email and send your question. Email id is given on our website. Thank you for reading this article! 🙂 For more detailed articles on language features and techniques, you can check out following posts: