Rhetorical Device

TLS defines 404 rhetorical devices. In order to make the study of Chinese rhetoric comparable to existing rhetorical analyses of many languages, the terminology used for these rhetorical devices is traditionally Western wherever possible. In a large number of cases, however, TLS diagnoses or attributes rhetorical devices for which there is no traditional Western terminology. In those cases I have still tried to remain terminologically close to the Western tradition as summarised in Lausberg's classical Handbuch der literarischen Rhetorik, and Gerd Ueding's huge Historisches Wörterbuch der Rhetorik.

Christoph Harbsmeier

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