What Are Linguistic Devices?

Linguistic devices that draw the reader’s eye and attention to words, phrases, and symbols rather than their ideas are inappropriate for academic papers. Let’s see what is there to know about linguistic devices;

  • Clichés, alliteration, rhyme, and poetic expressions must be avoided.
  • Keep metaphors to a minimum; while they can assist with simplifying complex ideas, they may also distract from the message.
  • Stay away from ambiguous metaphors, i.e., an argument represents one piece of evidence among many and words that have an extraneous or unintentional connotation, as this could throw the reader off, or worse, lead him astray.
  • Experiment with figurative language, but be careful; forced phrasing can present as unnatural or awkward.


Writing With Linguistic Devices.

  • Language is referred to as linguistics.
  • The use of linguistic devices can manipulate the perception or response from the reader as well as help convey information or an opinion.
  • In addition to similes, hyperbole, metaphors, and analogies, there are many other devices at your disposal.
  • A linguistic device is also known as a linguistic technique, a figurative device, or a language device.


Language Devices: Why Are They Used?

The word or term used in linguistic devices has a different meaning than its literal translation. Using a suitable linguistic device will enhance the effectiveness and impact of your writing. You can use them both in fiction and non-fiction, and they include:

  • You can make your writing unique or special by adding originality
  • Using fewer words, provide more information
  • Increasing reader engagement or persuading them
  • Your ideas should be clearly communicated
  • Describe a scene in a reader’s mind


Using Similes/Metaphors/Personifications

Comparing and contrasting is a familiar writing technique. Several methods can be used to achieve this:

  • In metaphors, we make direct comparisons between unlike things – ‘her face was a shining star.’
  • Summarize – describe using a similar-sounding word to describe something that is entirely different – ‘her face was like a shining star.’
  • Personification – the process of imbuing something with human emotions – ‘he was a lion in the fight.’
  • Comparison – a method for explaining or clarifying something, frequently comparing something to something other than the reader is familiar with.


Using An Allusion

They include references to familiar characters, events, or places that provide an immediate sense of meaning for the reader. Several writers have used the term ‘a Cinderella’ when referring to female leads. Allusions like this suggest fairytale qualities, similar to Cinderella from Disney. Using allusions helps you cultivate common sense and build relationships with people.


Using Hyperbole

An example of hyperbole would be using exaggeration to make a point. It is impossible for the exaggerations to be accurate, so their literal interpretation is not intended. The purpose of using them is to stimulate an emotional response by emphasizing a specific point:


  • ‘I have a billion ways you should run outside.’
  • ‘You will be gone for 100 years by then.’
  • ‘She was blushing like crazy.’


An exaggerated claim, referred to as hyperbole, is an excellent way to emphasize specific points, e.g., the benefits of running.

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Valuable Tips For Linguistic Devices

Here are a few;

  • In comparison with using devices in every sentence, it is preferable to pick a few devices carefully.
  • Make sure the reader matches the device. Choose an appealing and appropriate linguistic device based on whom you are writing for.
  • Using a linguistic device for scientific writing may not be appropriate, such as in a report.


Test different methods to find out what works for you when it comes to using your devices while writing. When reading, you may feel more confident – doing so makes it easier for you to see and comprehend how another author uses a device.