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When an individual represents a group, in speech? #217877
07/29/14 05:49 AM
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I'm trying to remember a word that I read many years ago. It describes a rhetorical device in which an individual is used to represent a group. For example:

"It can help to understand the disabled userís deeper values and needs." -- Represents all disabled users.

I've tried googling all types of combinations, but it's difficult to come up with the precise keywords that get me there. If anybody knows this word and is willing to share, it would be much appreciated.

Re: When an individual represents a group, in speech? [Re: TitoMatito] #217878
07/29/14 09:20 AM
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A person, place, action, or thing that (by association, resemblance, or convention) represents something other than itself.


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Re: When an individual represents a group, in speech? [Re: TitoMatito] #217882
07/29/14 11:01 AM
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Sounds like a variety of synecdoche.

Re: When an individual represents a group, in speech? [Re: TitoMatito] #217884
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Yes, I think that must be it, although, so many specific words in English, I wonder if there's not one that's even more precise.

Thanks, Faldage!


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