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Referent

The thing, person or place referred to by a noun phrase.

Reification

The phenomenon through which referring to something using a noun phrase serves to make it into a concrete entity - The decline of Western civilisation; The day-to-day running of parliament.

Relative clause

A clause which gives information about the referent of a noun - The manager, who has been under fire from fans, was sacked yesterday; Customers alighting at Leeds should take their belongings.

Rhetoric

The use of language to affect hearers or readers in a particular way, for example to persuade or scare.

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