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  1. work, Im going to be deeply analysing a transcript of online conversation to help me define the similarities and differences between online and spoken language

    However, the longer your message was, the more expensive it became ? therefore, abbreviations and acronyms were used and slang was born! For example, some of the common acronyms were ?ASAP (as soon as possible) ?IMO? (in my opinion) and BTW (by the way), all of which we still use today! Likewise, there were also lots of abbreviations like ?coz? (because) ?dnt? (don?t) and ?l8r? (later). Online language is used today because it?s a quick and easy way of talking to people all around the world.

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  2. Transcript Analysis of Atheist vs. Religious Debate - Richard Dawkins and Bill O'Reilly

    At the beginning of the interview, O?Reilly uses an interrogative, ?Do you believe in God?? to make the audience feel more included in the discussion and to introduce the topic, before going on to tell us about the percentage of people in different countries that do not have a belief in God. He puts a lot of emphatic stress on the statistics regarding Great Britain ? ?44% do not believe in God in Great Britain.? He emphasizes ?44%?, as it is differs greatly from the statistics for America (12% do not have a belief in a higher power), and emphasises

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  3. The situation presented in the transcript is between that of a teacher and student. Whereas Lauren enforces her tough persona, the teacher struggles to maintain his authority

    Lauren?s impudence portrays the stereotypical behaviour of ?chavs? as bad-mannered people humorously here, showing defiance through the opposites of interrogative and declarative speech. Stereotypes are presented through their sociolect, the teacher?s sociolect is mainly Standard English, Lauren?s sociolect and idiolect is mainly Non-standard English. Lauren?s stereotype mainly uses elision; this is seen by ?innit, though.? The use of elision suggests disrespect but also shows she is slowly gaining control. Her growing dominance later allows her to gain covert prestige. This is seen when Lauren?s speech converges with the teacher to imitate him, but the teacher can?t do this as he is taking a professional approach towards Lauren.

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  4. Comparing "The National Security Strategy of the United States (The Bush Doctrine)" and Arundhati Roy's "Excerpts from War Talk".

    But Roy?s argument was a combination of the empathetic and logical explanation of the international policies that were executed in the history of the United States. But we ask in this case: who argued their point clearly? Although George Bush?s arguments were clearly outlined, they were vague and poorly argued. However, Arundhati Roy has argued her point well, pointing out the imperialistic and strategic bases of the Bush and Corporate administration of the ?greatest force? of which is the American Empire.

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  5. Charles Dickens - Bleak House Analysis

    Therefore it somehow implies the meaning to ?the scene of London? which we are introduced to afterwards. In the first few sentences there are several names (proper nouns), all signalled by capital letters ?London, Michaelmas Term, Lord Chancellor, Lincoln?s Inn Hall, November, Holborn Hill). This helps create the very dependable and realistic world Dickens presents in his fiction. The readers believe that this is the same London which we could visit today (sense of realism). The proper nouns also emphasise very specific and concrete nature of the world Dickens creates for the readers (giving an insight to their understanding).

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  6. Restaurant Review and Menu. Compare the ways in which text 13 and 14 achieve their purposes.

    The structure of the text in the review is simply in columns due to the fact that it is a newspaper article, the graphology is also simple in this article, and it contains only one picture of the restaurant these simplistic features show that Norman is more interested in what he has to say about the restaurant rather than what he has to show, it also means that the audience will immediately pay attention what he has written which is what he is aiming for.

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  7. In this paper I am going to talk about pidgins and creoles from the point of view of language acquisition.

    Slavery and colonization were a major force for the formation of pidgin languages. For example the slaves taken to America did not necessarily speak the same language but had to communicate with each other. To accomplish this, they invented a pidgin language with English as superstrate language. What is typical for pidgin languages is that their use is highly variable and due to the small vocabulary many concepts are expressed in whole sentences. By its definition a pidgin language is native to none of its speakers.

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  8. English coursework essay and commentary- Curvy Models. Over the years body-image issues are plaguing girls across the country. and commentary

    However over the past few years the trend of stick-thin models has started to become unappetising. ?When I was younger I had a poor self-image, very low self-esteem, and yearned for a better body. I destroyed EVERY single mirror in the house as I couldn?t bear the sight of my body. I used to sit and count my ribs. I didn?t choose to be that way, it just happened. A few years later by the age of 19, I was 16 stone. From suffering Anorexia to becoming one of the biggest teens in Britain, it was a shock.

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  9. In Briar Rose, the author Jane Yolen, introduces the audience to a variety of significant ideas that she portrays throughout the text

    The old German fairy tale Brair Rose is an appropriation of the Holocaust, a postmodern concept of using intertextuality within the narrative. The structure is unique in the way it switches between the original fairytale and the allegory of Gemma?s life. The structure is unique in the way it switches between the original fairytale and Gemma?s life. In order to add variety, different voices are used to portray different aspects of the story. Yolen adapts the language use to different speakers and situations in the novel. Briar Rose helps Gemma make sense of her own experiences, explaining them to herself.

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