foregrounding (1930s) Stylistics

January 2002
Dictionary of Theories;2002, p209
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A definition of the term "foregrounding" is presented. It is a term used in linguistics which is particularly associated with Jan Mukarovsky, a member of the Prague School. Poetic language is distinguished by the highlighting of verbal devices such as metaphor, alliteration, poetic diction, and so on.


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