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Literature and Language

Literature includes written works of an imaginative, journalistic or scholarly nature. Language is a system of spoken and written symbols by means of which people can communicate with each other. We invite you to ask and answer questions about languages and literature; including pronunciation, grammar, definitions, examples, acronyms, abbreviations, etc.

Asked in Literature and Language, Authors, Poets, and Playwrights

What contributions did Alexandre Dumas make?

Alexandre Dumas contributed to literature in the Romanticism and Hostorical Fiction movements. Some of his notable works include The Count of Monte Cristo and The Three Musketeers. He also wrote the Marie Antoinette romances. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Idioms, Cliches, and Slang

What does cold as a wedge mean?

It is an expression or a phrase used to describe unconsciousness, dead or unfeeling, basically anything that is "cold" ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Epic Poetry

What are the four elements that make up an epic?

- Divided into 24 chapters called "books" - Written in blank verse - Begins "in media res" (in the middle of things) - First line of an invocation or prayer to Calliope, the muse of epic poetry ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Literary Terminology

What is the difference between Gothic and grotesque literature?

Gothic literature is usually a combination of horror and romance, begun in the mid 1760's. It can also refer to literature from that time period. Grotesque literature features horror as well, but could be from any time period, and might contain different elements than Gothic. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Psychology, Sociology

Is culture the foundation of communication?

What comes closer to being true is that communication is the foundation of culture. I think cultures shifts the communication because culture constitutes traditions, location, beliefs, history, and many other factors that impact the way people communicate. When i was studying international communications, I was amazed how much your culture effect your communication styles. Also, I'm married to Russian lady, and when we just started chatting on dream'marriage, I was shocked how much collectivist cultures dependent on relations and connections cuz in the US...
Asked in Literature and Language, English to French

What is 'party' when translated from English to French?

"Party" in English is fête or soirée in French.
Asked in Literature and Language, Italy

What are other names for Venice?

Venice is known as 'Venezia' in Italian. This is the official name, and the name you will see when you get there. It is also known as Venise in French, Venedig in German, Benétke in Slovenian and other names in other languages. If you are wanting some more poetic unofficial names, Venice has been known as the "La Dominante", "Serenissima", "Queen of the Adriatic", "City of Water", "City of Masks", "City of Bridges", "The Floating City", and "City of Canals". ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Environmental Issues, Architecture

How do skyscrapers affect the environment?

They affect the environment lots of ways, for example, building a skyscraper where you can plant a tree can definently affect the environment or a controlled demolitions can cause debris and dust take away some fresh air. If we build up rather than out, thereby increasing the population density of an area, some of the effects are: (1) Land is available for use other than housing the people who live or work in the skyscraper and for businesses that are quartered there. (2) Some...
Asked in Literature and Language, William Shakespeare

What conventions did Shakespeare use when writing his plays?

Very few. The only convention which he adheres to strictly is the convention that an actor should not exit at the end of one scene and enter at the beginning of the next. When the action is continuous, you can see how that might be useful. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Definitions

What does hanaca mean?

, the written form of the Catalan language word is hanaca
Asked in Literature and Language, Languages and Cultures

How does your language reflect who you are?

It obviates your level of education, state of mind & emotions. For starters, that is... ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Word Games

How do you call something that comes twice a year?

bi means two and annual means year so biannual is twice a year. __ As distinct from biennial which means every two years. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Definitions

What is the meaning of precipitating incident?

Human emotions were considered in classical period due to humors in the human blood which had to be purged. The Greeks also believed in purging the human emotions in catharsis as in a tragedy, to move through hamartia to precipitate or in purging the emotions. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, The Difference Between

What is the difference between worry and fret?

worry(noun) is a state of the mind in anxiety,apprehensions,misgivings,fear etc while fret(verb) is the action to fuss /to care, to worry (verb) ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Literary Terminology

What is another name for a long detailed account?

Another name for a long detailed account is a saga.
Asked in Literature and Language, Books and Literature

When is the fry chronicles coming out in paperback?

I was in Waterstones in Belfast yesterday (20 Sep, 2010) and they were selling a paperback version. It was one of the larger paperbacks, however, and cost around £15 - though they had signs saying it was half price. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Office Supplies

What are the uses of portfolio?

Portfolio's are similar to resumes. They are often used in disciplines such as art or business to show the previous work of the person in question. Often times portfolis can show the range of what the individual is capable allowing for potential employers to determine if they can handle the job at hand. Things that can be included in a portfolio are stock quotes (business), original pieces of art (artist), original stories (writers), etc. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Sentence and Word Structure

What is a word that has cvcvcvcv or vcvcvcvc patterns?

For the first: Calamari Laminate For the second: Elevated Emanated
Asked in Literature and Language, Manners and Etiquette

How do we reply to the statement Thanks a lot?

Your very welcome, your welcome No problem The 'welcome' ones are most polite! ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Literary Terminology

What is the purpose of dramatic foil?

A foil is a character placed beside the protagonist to bring out his or her qualities. For instance, if one character (the foil) treats someone poorly and the protagonist treats the same person well, the compassion of the main character is more noticeable. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Japanese Language and Culture, The Difference Between

What is the difference between watashi and ore?

"Watashi" is a more polite way to talk about oneself, and is frequently used by both genders. "Ore" is used chiefly by males (it's rarely used by females because it implies masculinity). "Ore" can be considered rude if one says it to "superiors" (like elders or bosses), so "watashi" is typically the safer of the two to use in most social situations. ...
Asked in Literature and Language, Cars & Vehicles

What does your car has broken down mean?

It means your engine no longer runs, and that you can no longer drive your car because it will not move. It has stopped running. It has broken down. ...