A Distinctive Voice

LESSON 2: ‘Distinctive Voices’

Distinctive Voices: Say a lot about you

Discussion Starter:

Speech makers conjure up images and ideas in our mind’s eye that are significant to them, and communicate these to us.

  1. What is distinctive? Give some alternate words.
  2. From reading the statement above, what do you think a distinctive voice is?

Overview of ‘Distinctive Voices’:

  • How is language used to create voices in texts, and how this use of language affects interpretation and shapes meaning.
  • How do speech texts create a voice, and how do we respond to it?
  • What affect do language choices and rhetorical strategies have on meaning?
  • Their word choice tells about the speakers purpose, and how they intend us to respond.
  • Speeches have to power to move and sway; however we may have different responses to them: agree/disagree, sympathy/antipathy
  • Our responses, however, may also be influenced by other factors (fear/oppression).
  • Whatever the interpretation it must be backed by an analysis of the techniques that help alter/influences opinions.
  • Be sure to analyse the speech in its context, don’t just parrot the rubric.


  • What do you think of when you hear the word ‘voice’?
  • What is meant by a writer’s voice?
  • What is meant by a character’s voice?
  • Is voice the same as point of view?

Writers may, for example, use:

  • Voices
  • point of view (eg first person, third person limited, third person omniscient)
  • contrast
  • juxtaposition
  • choice of diction
  • choice of imagery
  • language patterns
  • rhythm
  • order of words/ideas etc
  • euphemism
  • humour
  • tone…

The tone of a text can be described as:

  • satirical
  • imploring
  • disillusioned
  • humorous
  • judgemental
  • cynical
  • ambiguous
  • passionate
  • philosophical
  • whimsical
  • inspirational
  • compassionate
  • serious
  • wistful
  • wry
  • aggressive
  • confiding
  • nostalgic….


Complete your own ‘wordle‘ image, using all the key words that fit into this Module.


YOUR TURN – look at how language is used in the following speeches

  1. What is the Context?
  2. Who is the audience?
  3. What is the purpose?
  4. How is language used to create a voice?
  5. How is it distinctive?



Write a paragraph that explore what this topic is about, link in the idea of the distinctive voice, the relationship between this voice and the creative process, experience creates language and language creates experience. This about structuring this like a thesis.

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