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Is repetition a language or structure feature
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It can be both. If it`s for a structure question, you should focus on its location in your comment. If you`re writing about a word or phrase that has been repeated for a language question, you should focus on the choice of word of phrase.
19/12/2020 10:45:51 | comment by Darren
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It can be both! For instance, if something is said/occurs at multiple times within the plot, then that is repetition as a structural feature. However, the repetition in “Oh blood, blood, blood!” is considered a language feature as it’s simply repeating a word for emphasis in speech.
Answered by Idara | 2 years ago
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Hey there! Repetition is a language feature, just as a metaphor or a simile. Structure features - just as the name suggests - refer to the structure of the text. Examples are flash-backs and dual narrative.
Answered by Michela | 2 years ago
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It`s a literary language feature but the usefulness of it is more important than the definition. Think about the reason and the effectiveness of repetiton.
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Both. Repetition, in several forms, is a language feature, sometimes used for emphasis, but it can also act as a structural device by establishing consistency, cohesion and continuity in a short passage, poem (where it may be a refrain) or longer work.
Answered by Timothy | 2 years ago
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Repetition is considered a structural feature. Structural features are all about how the writer puts things together.

If you think about a brick building, the individual bricks would be the language and the way the writer chooses to place them together is the structure, including any patterns or repetitions.

I hope that this helps, and that the brick analogy isn`t too confusing!
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Both. It depends how it is being used.

Ask yourself `Is the element of repetition being used to structure (organise) the whole text? Look out for a word or phrase, an image, idea or a sentence form or that is repeated. Is it, for example, linking the beginning and ending? Is it being used to draw attention to a contrast between paragraphs or ideas?

Some repetition will be better discussed as a feature of language (in the answer to the `language` question in the exam). Here, the repetition of a word might be being used to intensify an emotion/generate an emotive response from the reader...or emphasise a character trait. The repetition of a phrase might be being used as a rhetorical or persuasive device (especially seen in triplets such as Churchill`s famous `we shall fight` speech).

(Sorry, I know this is a very old question, but the answer might help someone else.)
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