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Linguistic Fallacies

 

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The English language (or any language, for that matter) is rather complex and there are many rules that can be used and abused to create meaning that may or may not be intended.

  • Accent: Emphasis that changes the meaning of the sentence.
  • Amphiboly: A sentence has two different meanings.
  • Composition: Generalizing from a few to the whole set.
  • Division: Assuming the parts have the characteristics of the whole.
  • Equivocation: A single word with more than one meaning.

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Use of Language

 

 

 

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