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AS and A Level: Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks
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Henry Higgins represents the upper class of society, those that are expected to be both educated and wealthy. He is profoundly aware of his status and is not particularly sympathetic towards those of the lower class. This is revealed as he is first introduced to Liza and refers to her as a 'squashed cabbage leaf.' (Shaw, 2003:18) This first scene is important as it establishes the class differences that are evident within the language contrasts of each of the characters. Higgins plays an important role in establishing this theme as he places great emphasis on phonetics. He has the ability to place an individual within the geographical location of their place of origin.
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Representation is governed by perspective. For this reason composers will attempt to manipulate their construction of events and characters, to bring to the fore of public discussion, their own esteemed perspective. This becomes evident in texts of, T4 star(s)
The powerful and emotive tone used by Robertson to convey Michael X, coupled with the historical dialogue from the trial, humanizes and elevates the convicted criminal thus the audience is positioned to have an empathetic reaction to the Character as Robertson presents Michael, as a paradigm for all individuals on death row, positioning him as a hero, "token black." Thus he convinces his audiences to see the need to abolish the death penalty, for such a "changed man." Robertson acknowledges the opposing perspective giving credence to his own argument.
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Summary of "Critical period effects in second language learning - The influence of maturational state on the acquisition of English as a second language", by Jacqueline S. Johnson and Elissa L. Newport,4 star(s)
The hypotheses tested mainly focused on the effects of age on second language attainment. Two studies were done on immigrants who were abiding in the U.S. for approximately five years. According to the interviews conducted by Patkowski in 1980 and the language facts studied by Oyama in 1978, results inferred that the earlier the subjects arrived, the more knowledgeable and well rounded they were on the use of English. The topics pertaining to this research are as follows and are further discussed in the methods section: "1.
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