The figures of Speech in Khǔn Cháŋ Khǔn pɛ̌n (Wát Kɔ̀ edition)

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Chanit Wongsuwan


Khun Chang – Khun Phan (Wat Kho edition) is the literary work that used variety of figures of speech which can be separated into three groups as rhetorical figure, trope and figure of sound.

There were five categories of rhetorical figure that were used in the literature as hyperbole, litotes, meiosis, and personification. In the other hand, irony, paradox, oxymoron and rhetorical question were not founded in the work.

All categories of trope – simile, metaphor, symbol, metonymy, synecdoche, allusion, analogy and antithesis - were found in the work.

In the same way, all categories of figure of sound – alliteration, assonance and onomatopoeia - appeared in the work.

Even figures of speech in Khun Chang – Khun Phan (Wat Kho edition) were not much prominent as the speeches in other royal court literary works but there was fascination of folk literature as the work excellently used the figure of speeches convey the images to the audiences.


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Wongsuwan, C. . (2022). The figures of Speech in Khǔn Cháŋ Khǔn pɛ̌n (Wát Kɔ̀ edition). Wiwitwannasan Journal of Language and Culture, 6(2), 179–196. Retrieved from
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