19 May Twelve Ways to Write an Excellent Language Analysis
Language is the soul of effective communication. It is critical to understand nuances of written word, tools and mechanisms deployed and depth of written word to gauge its impact on audience.
Language analysis is required by Academicians, Scholars, Journalists and Sociologists to clearly understand impact of language in any scenario.
If you are a Scholar who has to analyze language, then you can use a lot of tips which are mentioned here. Apart from few quick tips, common sense and awareness around that topic is a necessary requirement.
A lot of ways and tips will help you in accomplishing this task (It helped me!). Let us discuss few of them:
- Work Around Your Awareness:
One fine morning, getting up and pushing yourself out of slumber will not make you an effective language analyst. Read about topic beforehand, evaluate the pros and cons using a rational mind and then see if the write up achieves its objective in a successful manner.
- Improve your vocabulary
Paralanguage or synonyms or Meta-language is crucial as the primary purpose of the article has to be achieved using crux of article. Avoid tautology, and introduce essence in an enchanting manner by using suitable synonyms.
Statement: The movement was reduced to ashes
Analysis: The mass crusade was crushed.
- Do Not Rewrite Anything
Well, you might argue that language analysis is mere rewriting, however, it is required to draw inferences. Like: They were happy and ecstatic, can be inferred as they were satisfied with the outcome. Mere rewriting is not purpose; purpose is to analyze and draw appropriate inferences.
- Focus on Language ONLY
Focus on what Writer wants to talk about, instead of similes and metaphors associated. As a Language Analyst, all we need to do is analyze the impact the outcome of a write-up and not the tools deployed.
See here “The town was painted in blood and sweat.”
Now, no town will be painted in blood and sweat. This metaphor is used to implicate hard work and struggle. This can be analyzed as” the glory was an outcome of hard work and passion of the workers/citizens”.
- Ask open-ended questions to yourself
Always ask after reading a passage “why did the Writer write like this?” Or “Why did the Writer use such a strong language on such a contagious issue?” This will help you in drawing effective conclusions, and hence, will help in analyzing language used.
- Do NOT Omit the Visuals Mentioned
If Write up says “Black Flags were all over,” do not forget to mention Black Flag in your analysis.This will help in building a strong background and creating an engaging analysis.
- Forewords & Summarizations Should Not Exceed Beyond Seventy or Eighty Words
The Excerpt and Conclusion should not exceed a total of eighty words. It is not a rule, however, if the Analysis is stuck in foreword and summary, then essence of the article is lost as there will not be much left to be written. SO, write an excerpt of about fifty words, carry on with the analysis, and conclude in the remaining thirty or forty words.
- Every Statement Does Not Need to be Analyzed
As mentioned before, an analysis is not re-write. Read the article twice or thrice, focus on purpose and the objective of article, then write effectively. Every statement does not deserve a place in the analysis. Highlight key points and make notes for a strong case.
- Use Easy Language
However, not street language. You can use two to three words which are not common, as they will show the Analyst’s caliber. For rest of the analysis, use words which are easy to comprehend. Like the term, ‘deep pain’ can be represented ‘excruciating pain.’
- What Not to Miss
Do not miss emotions and physical descriptions. These components are critical in building an article and subsequent analysis. You can omit similes and metaphors, though.
- Read &Re – read
Oh yes, do not forget to reread what you have written. Make notes beforehand about what you want to highlight about write-up, and see if your analysis meets up the purpose. At times, I have come across analysis, where it is a plagiarized or refined version of the original write up. Avoid doing so. If you read about the topic before the analysis, you will have ample points and ammunition to analyze the article effectively.
- Use Technology.
Gone are the days when Grammarians and Scholars used to rush to their library to edit anything. There are a lot of tools available like copyscape.com and grammarly.com to check the language and the extent of plagiarism. Use them to your benefit.
It is not difficult to write an analysis; however, it requires many reading sessions to accomplish a good one! Make sure you do not become a victim of the ‘Art of Plagiarism,’ and channelize your energy and knowledge in the right direction.