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Video: Figurative Language

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This lecture introduces figurative language or "figures of speech"--including metaphor, simile, and personification--and provides examples of their use in everyday, literary, and academic writing.  The lecture is offered here in three different formats: video with captions, video without captions, and a text transcript.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Emilie Ganter

Video: Saying What You Mean

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This lecture will discuss common grammar errors and stylistic weaknesses in college students' writing--including problems like run-ons, misplaced and dangling modifiers, and illogical tense shifts--and will suggest ways to revise confusing sentences and paragraphs.  The lecture is offered here in three different formats: video without captions, video with captions, and a full transcript.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Emilie Ganter

Video: Mixed Metaphors and Malaprop

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This lecture is intended to help writers to recognize and avoid mixed metaphors and malaprop in their own writing and others'.  These are common errors in writing and speaking that are especially common in English, which is full of "invisible" figurative language.  The lecture is offered here in three different formats: video without captions, video with captions, and a full transcript.

Material Type: Lecture

Author: Emilie Ganter