• Tone and DIDLS

     

    Tone indicates the author’s/speaker’s attitude toward                1.  the subject

                      2.  the audience

     

    To analyze tone, try using the acronym DIDLS*:

     

    Diction:         Important words the author uses, and patterns of words

     

    Images:          Word “pictures” created by figurative language

     

    Details:          Literal images, like description, or examples/facts

     

    Language:     The characteristics of the language overall, e.g. slang, scholarly, jargon

     

    Sentence:       The effect of sentence structure, and variations in sentence structure

     

     

     

    Tone Vocabulary

     

    satiric               pedantic            colloquial          whimsical          indignant           compassionate

    dramatic           bantering           impartial           learned             flippant              insipid

    informative        vibrant              pretentious        somber             patronizing        urgent

    facetious           irreverent          confident          clinical              sentimental         moralistic

    objective          inflammatory      diffident            benevolent        contemptuous   ironic

    burlesque         sympathetic       didactic            fanciful              taunting             petty

    detached          concerned         factual              cynical                angry              restrained

    incisive              turgid               elegiac              sardonic           disdainful          scornful

    contentious       lugubrious         ffusive              insolent             candid             

    condescending

    complimentary

Last Modified on August 9, 2011