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  1. Compare the use of language of the two editorials

    The article on the Titanic's only typographical variation of font is the bold, capitalised and center-underlined title "one touch of nature" and also the dropped capital of "Draughtsmen" to begin the editorial, showing that the piece is quite old fashioned in style as a dropped capital is a very traditional technique that dates back to monastery writing. The article in The Sun however portrays a lot more typographical variation as the beginning, middle and end sentences/words are in a bolded, underlined font and the "Why" for each question as well as the title "The sun says" and the "The" to begin the article are also all bolded and capitalised to add emphasis and focus importance and attention.

    • Word count: 1246
  2. Undersea Walking

    There were eleven of us in total, eight belonging to the party I was with, along with another couple and their ten year old son. We were introduced to our three bronzed guides, one of whom I noticed bore an uncanny resemblance to the athlete Colin Jackson, even with the same ready smile. In the case of an emergency he taught us hand signals, as shouting or screaming would obviously not be effective underwater. However, they emphasised that most emergencies related to participants feeling nervous or uncomfortable, rather than a dangerous fish or problems with the breathing equipment.

    • Word count: 1425
  3. Society, the Press and the Medias Views on Todays Youth

    This makes the article readable for parents of teenagers. "The beer and rum were flowing" begins the article - an exaggerated modification gives the already shocking details about a deeper story concerning the incident with the drunk driver - almost as if the beer and rum were actually flowing through he party. Other examples of modification include "deadly" and "boozy bash," - both of them being bound morphemes - modification, colloquialism and alliteration - helps to describe the situation in more detail.

    • Word count: 1563
  4. Is hip-hop changing (magazine article)

    This era introduced a diverse yet provocative style of music however; this isn't where the talents arose. It all started in West Africa, many African groups based on their tribes would travel around Africa marching and chanting, and they were known as griots. These griots had talents such as singing, dancing and writing traditional poetry. Their styles were similar to the rappers of the 70's and 80's and would create work which linked back to African traditions and culture. As more and more African-Americans embraced their culture and devoted their life to continuing what their griot ancestors tried hard to express, hip-hop styles became apparent in many inner cities.

    • Word count: 1080
  5. The Sound and the Fury

    For Benjy, language becomes a literal expression of what he sees, hears, and remembers. However, these memories are selective and generally center on Caddy and her sexuality. Accordingly, his cries of distress express a need that he cannot articulate or even understand, his desire for Caddy to remain pure and unchanged. "We watched the muddy bottom of her drawers," (25). By describing Caddy's underwear, Faulkner illustrates the lasting effects of this memory on the all three brothers, as this memory constantly returns as the emblem of her disobedience.

    • Word count: 1365
  6. Example English Language B Coursework (running leaflet)

    "It's too cold outside!" There isn't such a thing as bad weather, just bad clothes. You can never be too cold once you start running in the right clothing, no matter what the weather, it is just a lame excuse beginners use to avoid running in the first place. Like I've said before, the more you continue to run, the more you realise that you're actually enjoying it. "I just haven't got the motivation to run" There are many solutions to this problems, probably enough so that it shouldn't be a problem in a first place.

    • Word count: 1080
  7. Journey's End Raleigh

    He is extremely nervous and edgy, not at all feeling comfortable, which is signified by his limited amount of movement inside the trenches. For example, he has to be told to "take his pack off", a sign that he is not comfortable with the trenches. Moreover, Raleigh is viewed and treated as a learner. Osborne, for example, tells him of the customs of trench life such as addressing him as "sir in front of the men only" while Stanhope scolds him for having dined with the other men to teach him about the hierarchy.

    • Word count: 1909
  8. All three transcripts share the common theme of sport. While addressing the issue in very different ways, they ultimately all aim to entertain and inform. The speech ranges from spontaneous to completely scripted and these differences in creation are visi

    Text B is a scripted discussion between two characters, in which Brenner is giving an inspirational talk to Junior. The film is a comic take on the real event of the Jamaicans entering the Olympic sport of bob sleighing. Although the scene shows an interactional speech, it takes a form similar to that of a speaker to an audience in how it emotes feelings through use of repetition such as " I see pride", "I see power". The purpose is similar to Text A - to entertain but within the narrative, the purpose is to inspire and motivate the character.

    • Word count: 1295
  9. Phillip K dick - Imposter

    He also uses this to create the thrilling twists found in the short stories. 2 The last scene is set in the forest and creates a suitable climax to the story through a number of techniques. The use of simple and implied sentences is evident throughout and creates tension and suspicion. "Only a matter of time." The use of this short implied sentence lets the reader make assumptions: that it is referring to the capture of Olham. In hindsight, it is relating to the detonation of the bomb.

    • Word count: 1299
  10. The History of the English Language

    Some language change happens then individual change their speech to sound more sophisticated to attract more social prestige. The language has been influenced by other languages. The English has many borrowings from different languages from invasion, immigration, trading and culture such as film and television. A lot of French words entered the language during the Norman Conquest and nowadays we adopt a great deal of Americanisms. Old English Before the Anglo Saxons invaded, it is thought the language spoken by the inhabitants of the British Isles were of Celtic origin2 The Angles Saxons and Jutes populated Britain. Their tribes fought with the original inhabitants and pushed them back North and west to what is now Wales and Scotland.

    • Word count: 1932
  11. Child Language Acquistion

    Children also develop an understanding of grammar. They often apply grammatical rules consistently but incorrectly, for example applying the past tense rule saying "wented" and the general plural rule to man saying "mans". This shows that they are not imitating what they have learned from their parents or from speakers around them. Children also develop the capacity to say an infinite number of sentences which are original. Brown and Hanlon studied parent-child interaction and found parents often reward incorrect utterances and are not able to reinforce every utterance an infant makes.

    • Word count: 1971
  12. Tabloid Article Anaylsis

    This would be a fairly sad piece of news for many of the readers as it is, in a way, part of their childhood dying. I think that the editors would consider this story worthy of being in a fairly prominent position, because the strong emotions one would feel on reading it. I imagine the story would take up the top half of page four or five. My 'angle' into the story as a journalist was the emotive content. The main focus of the article was in remembrance of Gerard Iero and everything he had achieved in archaeology.

    • Word count: 1075
  13. A comparison of language and change in Woolf's A Room of One's Own and Wollstonecraft's A Vindications of the Rights of Woman.

    An immediate discrepancy is apparent in both texts; though both address an educated audience, the levels of formality differ. Woolf keeps a lower level of formaily with the reader, employing archaisms such as "alas" and hyperbole (in phrases such as "I have shirked the duty" and "bowed down by the weight of the subject") for comedic effect, whereas Wollstonecraft's language contains phrases that would not be considered archaisms at the time, such as "of a Sunday" and "babes", and therefore lacking the humourous tenor of Woolf's text, though employing the same style of language. Notably, both texts employ the use of a personal account to exemplify the text's content.

    • Word count: 1564
  14. Essay writing

    An example of this is when Devin Moore was arrested for shooting and killing three Alabama police officer. The prosecution team claimed that because he had been a regular player of the Grand Theft Auto series and that these games had influenced him into making the decision to perform this act of violence. However there were also other possible reasons why he may have committed these crimes. One was that he was abused as a child and this fact only came out during the court case. However when the story made the news they created an amazing headline "teenager kills three police officers after playing Grand theft auto" but this headline is not accurate.

    • Word count: 1808
  15. How does Doyle represent family relations within the first 90 pages of "Paddy Clarke ha ha ha"?l?

    As Paddy's "Da" is a working man he see's less of his children and leaves much of their upbringing to his wife. We first see Paddy's idolisation of his father when his "Da" see's him with the magnifying glass. "He pressed his thumb on the glass. I pressed my thumb on the glass." "He" and "I" the subjects of the two respective sentences are pronouns that tell us the concentration of the sentences. The repetition of the dynamic verb pressed shows how Paddy wants to imitate the actions of his father.

    • Word count: 1112
  16. English Language AS coursework - compare grammatical structures and techniques used by broadsheets and tabloids

    Equally the disaster happened in countries very far from England and the story is reported on page 21. I feel this shows that The Times doesn't get involved with the earthquake disaster but simply reports the details in a neutral tone. The Sun, being a tabloid, takes the story far more to heart, reporting it on page four. It uses emotive language. Added adjectives like 'devastating' and adverbs like 'desperately' set a very shocking and tragic tone. The paper seems to feel the loss and sympathise with the people involved.

    • Word count: 1642
  17. A close escape

    There's people everywhere, the postman doing his daily rounds, the small lady that walks her dog and then the children playing in the street, without a care in the world. I wish my life was still like that. I hate looking at the outside world because it always upsets me, to see that I'm so close to having something, and yet it's impossible. If someone came close enough to the garage door I could even touch them. But no one will come near me, well not just me, my house in general.

    • Word count: 1613
  18. Story in the Style of Terry Pratchett

    Although citizens from the far calmer Sister Cities would claim the "thugs of Illann", as they were considerately named, were a little too keen for their liking. The people of Illann were all finely dressed for such a grand occasion, but each of them was looking on intently for an unsuspecting victim to steal from. Although it could be argued that everyone suspected everybody else on that night. Everyone in Illann on this night was a thief. It indeed ended up like the most unorthodox game of hot potato anyone could ever imagine: a watch would start on someone's wrist, have it stolen, who in turn has it stolen, who then follows the trend by having it stolen.

    • Word count: 1505
  19. Social setting in "Perfume" by Patrick Suskind

    Suskind employs imagery to highlight the satirical nature of the work. This can be clearly illustrated in the way Suskind sets the scene at the beginning of Perfume: "The peasant stank as did the priest, the apprentice as did his master's wife, the whole of the aristocracy stank, even the king himself stank, stank like a rank lion and the queen like an old goat" (Suskind p.4) The parallel structure juxtaposing "peasant" with "priest"; "apprentice" with "master's wife" suggests that while the social structure of 18th century France was hierarchical and the fact that everyone stank equally badly was actually a kind of leveler.

    • Word count: 1116
  20. Writing to persuade Stop smoking leaflet

    It would also give you rotten teeth. The condition of your teeth would become really bad if you keep on smoking for a very long time in your life. It would become yellow and your teeth would fall out from an early age than usual. These are the basic reason not to smoke, but the next set of reasons is what smokers might not know. If you carry on smoking, your hair would fall out from an early age, your skin condition would be rough and your nails would be yellow.

    • Word count: 1020
  21. short stories essay

    The use of narrative elements such as language, characterisation and point of view enable a story to not only entertain, but effect the way we regard issues such as gender or race. The use of figurative language and specific dialogue is essential to the construction of a short story and its ability to present issues such as race and gender in a particular way. The resistant story of, As Boys to Wanton Flies uses a range of metaphors to create the antagonistic and animalistic image of Erica.

    • Word count: 1116
  22. Estelle - creative writing.

    'Maybe you could very sweetly buy me a present,' I tell him sternly. 'What like a bunch of flowers?' he smiles. 'I was thinking more of earplugs,' I suppose you wondering how I come to be sharing a house with sex-obsessed ginger man. It's a bit of a long story, but I'd better tell it, and that way we'll have got the boring bit out of the way. My name as you will have noticed is Stella. It's really Estelle, but I got so tired of the mispronunciation I had to put up with daily - 'Ee-stell' , 'eh-stelley' ,

    • Word count: 1320
  23. How is the military presented in Full Metal Jacket?

    The recruits stand upright in attention, wearing plain uniforms. This highlights that as recruits they are all the same, they are all fresh 'bodies' and the drill sergeant represents what they will become. They will go from 'clean' and obedient young men to stern and powerful leaders. This could be the director highlighting that he believes the army changes people for the worse. It is almost like a factory that produces machines; they take normal men and produce killing machines.

    • Word count: 1122

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