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  1. English can be seen as - A) world lingua franca, which will become a positive force for global unity or B) A 'monstrous weed', reaching out and strangling all other indigenous languages and cultures in its path. Discuss

    Like many late 20th century debates, this essay title has no glib or black and white answer. I agree with David Graddol's conclusion, that it really depends on your point of view. The English language is simultaneously, " making the world a more homogenous place and it is making English more diverse in its forms, functions and cultural associations." [p216]. While English is part of the decline of other languages; economic globalisation is perhaps the. real threat to other cultures and languages.

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  2. "I always considered it my duty to develop a good accent and command of language" Stevens' Language in 'The Remains of the Day.'

    This is called Style-shifting. Most commonly people living on the Lower-middle class/Upper-Working class borderline of society use it due to being in constant contact with people in higher and lower social groups than themselves. In order to integrate and conduct business with people either side, style-shifting is used, whereby people adopt the language from the group of the person they are addressing. (Suzanne Romaine) Stevens Style-shifts throughout the novel adopting the language of the Upper-class Victorian era. However language plays a crucial role in the transmission of culture and carries this culture's ideology and values within it.

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  3. The Dutch attack on Landguard Fort.

    The reliability of this source, however, is questionable, as it was written by an English man, who is bound to be biased towards his own country. Also, he was watching form Harwich, which is roughly two miles from Felixstowe. Q2. Source F does not support source B. Source B says that the Dutch ships were "so close to Landguard Fort that we expect fire to be given at any moment". Source F says that the ships were so far away from the fort that their shots would "scarcely reach (the fort)."

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  4. English as a world language

    From this a form of English such as a Pidgin, and then a Creole, developed. British rule from colonisation in some countries meant that millions had to learn English, and India is a good example of this. After India's independence, English was kept as a Lingua Franca as it did not give dominance to any of the native language. From here the English language became the language of success and so ambitious families ensured their children were educated in English.

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  5. Technology in the Language Classroom

    pace and activity; at least, blacking out the room gives an extra excitement of something special or extraordinary.They are easy to obtain or produce and they can be arranged and re-arranged into different sets for different uses. The overhead projector (OHP) is an extremely versatile tool with many advantages and few limitations.Its powerful light and brilliant screen illumination make it a vivid and catching aid.It offers the flexibility that comes from face-to-face interaction.Drawing, writing, touching the transparency with the tip of the pen to emphasize points, the teacher is ideally positioned to use the students' reactions to build a energetic lesson.

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  6. Language investigation

    A good example of the language of the upper classes being copied is in the Spanish Language. The modern accent has a strong lisp, in the 1600s a King of Spain spoke with a pronounced lisp, the Spanish people emulated the sound and the accent took hold on the language. Unlike many other prestige accents, RP has no regional bearings. It is associated with Oxbridge, and with London, but it is not possible to identify the regional origin or social class of an RP accent by sound alone.

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  7. The Sociolinguistics of Contemporary Spanish.

    This is due to the fact that many of the advances in this area occur in the United States. As a result, they are accepted into the English language first of all as it there that the "need" for a neologism becomes apparent in the first instance. Spanish then has to devise its own term and, consequently, often uses the new English term as a starting point. Another existing process is known as "coinage" but this is rather less common. This is where a totally new word is created from no existing lexis. It is necessary to describe the two main processes in greater depth.

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  8. Is Football Hooliganism The English Disease?

    Sir Norman Chester's Fact sheet 1: Football and Football Hooliganism: * Figure 3. "Arrests at football matches 1986/87 - 1991/92" This article shows the total number of arrests in all four English divisions between 1986 and 1992. * Figure 3.1 "Do only the English produce hooligans?" which explores aspects of hooliganism from various European countries. * Figure 5. "Does drink have a part to play?" which talks about rival fans drinking together and matters possibly turning into violence. * Figure 7. "Why football?" this explains that the majority of hooligans choose football because of its "manly" image.

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  9. Analysis of 3 texts on Childhood

    coffee?, ?what about a biccy?), which the son uses to manage the topic of conversation, finally leading to the subject of a skateboard deck (??you said that I could have a new deck for me birthday?). However, the initially friendly conversation soon turns combative as the father sees through his son, becoming the more dominant speaker through his use of negative declaratives (?yer not havin a new one?, ?no way (.) no chance?, ?I?m not falling for that?n neither?) in his refusal of his son?s request.

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  10. Language Investigation. This essay will show the evolvement of gender fairness in the language that the characters use over time in Disney movies.

    The essay will also explore the commands, the interruptions and the politeness used, the essay structure is focused on the women?s speech, however it will compare men?s and women?s speech. HYPOTHESIS This essay expects to see that 3rd wave feminism has pushed against the stereotypical view of a princess in distress, and that equality has finally come to the language of Disney films, men and women both speak equally. METHODOLOGY The purpose of this essay is to look into Disney movies and see where the different s*x of the characters language has become more equal.

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  11. How do three different types of reports of the death of Tony Nicklinson compare and reflect their different audiences?

    Does the paper have more images when they are targeting at a younger audience? Is the paragraphs larger if the audience is old and more educated? Overall, I will be looking at the languages used for different audiences. Hypothesis I think that the lexis for The Telegraph will have more educated words because their reports have always seen to be aimed at an older, business related audience. The Sun will have some obvious bias points and have the most hyperbole, because as a tabloid paper they?re generally known to exaggerate topics and gossip. Therefore, Newsround will use more basic and semi formal lexis and use sensitive terminology because its trying to get a message across to children as well as inform them of this tragic loss.

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  12. Analysis of speeches by Sadat and Bandler

    Sadat had been involved in many disputes with Israel, including the Six Day War against the country in 1967 as well as being responsible four years previous for initiating war on Egypt. By addressing the Knesset, Sadat was in danger of assassination both in Israel and at home in Egypt as he was contravening Arab policy of refusing to deal publically with the Jewish state which was established in 1948. To reflect this historical and political context, Sadat opened in an emphatically religious way with an Islamic tone by stating ?In the name of God, the Gracious and the merciful? before he even addresses his audience, to present a sense of religious unity among his audience.

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