Find examples of persuasive language: emotive language, use of reason and logic, appeal to justice, generalisation & use of an informal...

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durbanville | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Your question does require much consideration and in an effort to help you in the long run, I have chosen to explain the categories to you (with examples from your text) rather than try and place all the text into each or any of these categories.Some of the text would fall into more than one category.

PERSUASIVE language often leaves little room for any one to argue . This article  consistently uses language that you may or may not agree with but you really can't argue with the writer.

Rhetorical questions are themselves a form of persuasive language and are used to allow you to consider a situation not actually to answer the question:

"Would a 20-year-old P-plate driver with a flawless driving record be prohibited from driving her classmates to university in order to save petrol?"

EMOTIVE language is recognisable by the strong adjectives and adverbs associated with it:  

 "incredibly shocking, heart- breaking," "horrific,"  "overwhelming"

GENERALISATIONS appear all over this text:

"The overwhelming majority of probationary drivers in accidents are males"

"The majority of P-plate drivers do conduct themselves in a safe manner"

The use of REASON and LOGIC are an appeal to one's better self and so can be considered very persuasive. It considers logic according to the person who is writing and so can be more OPINION than FACT.  When considering this aspect a person can become quite defensive and feel guilty:

"No restriction law will ever change the maturity and attitudes of drivers."

 "I don't believe this would work in reducing road trauma involving young drivers. It's unrealistic and impractical."

An APPEAL to JUSTICE is also quite emotive and stirs people's reactions: 

"fresh debate has arisen over the issue of passenger restrictions for P-plate drivers."

"Road laws should be made for all society's benefit"

INFORMAL language  (as distinct from informal style)is such things as colloquialism, slang, jargon and is used to personalise and, in some instances, to reach out to the braodest audience. In this article   

"roadie," "buck stops"...

are both colloquial although 'roadie' could actually be considered to be almost jargon because it is a term used exclusively for those who accompany rock bands, much like a "groupie." So it depends on your own interpretation.

I do hope this helps you.

 

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