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AS and A Level: Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks

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  1. Analysis of "A letter to my mother" by Chenjerai Hove

    This stands in stark contrast to the way in which Norwegian regard this type of weather. ?Have not stopped cursing the weather? shows that they see it as the opposite of the blessing that those who live in Africa see it as. This is again emphasized when the writer treats the type of people who would have cursed the rain in his home as unnatural and evil. These people are a ?witch who wishes that life should not be brought?, this shows how the local attitudes to the rain could not be more in opposition.

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  2. How is language used to represent gender in text H, a selfhelp guide/survival guide for men who go shopping with their girlfriend?

    In terms of intended audience, the text speaks to males in their late teens to mid-20?s, who are still looking for tips and guidance on how to impress their ?lady?. The reader sense that the text is intended for this type of audience, due to the levels of low formality, and modern language used. The following quote ?Never say, Love, you look like Michael Ball in Hairspray? is about a character in a relatively new film, that the majority of males in the intended audience will have seen.

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  3. 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 sex of the characters language has become more equal.

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  4. 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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  5. Text Commentary - Text 25 (Food Glorious Food Anthology)

    and white and consists of large sections of the time ? however, for the social context and for the time it was written it may have been quite a conventional piece, although it does confront gender stereotypes in a way not all adverts would have. Something that is expected, which would also be in an advertisement today, is the focus on benefits of buying or trying the product today; here found as ?two sample packages of Grape-Nuts free.? The theme of the text is that food is something which can be both enjoyed, Grape-Nuts has a ?rich, nutty flavour? but more importantly is something essential ? healthy food is required for a better lifestyle, which should be followed.

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  6. Text Commentary - Text 17 (Food Glorious Food Anthology)

    Overall, the context of reception for the television show itself is that people may watch it due to an admiration of Nigella or as they like her bubbly personality and the way she tries to make cooking fun, or simply as they saw the show while looking through channels. The text presents food as something luxurious, but also simple and easy to make; as something that you need to eat but that you can also love the ?softness of this golden egg against the crispness of the golden tortilla? ? this juxtaposition of opposite ideas helps to create an interesting

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  7. Analysing the representation of speech: Texts A and B are both similar texts in that they have the same purpose to try and change peoples views on animal rights.

    This repetition really shows the reader that animals are only treated like this so that us humans can survive ? why should they have to suffer for us? She also explains the amount of different deaths which animals have to be put through: ?a slow death? a useless death, a hellish death, a death endured in terror at the hand of sadistic evil..?. This shows the reality of the many different deaths which are occurring ?each morning as dawn breaks?.

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  8. Write a critical analysis of the text you have read. Isabella Bird female explorer's letter A sense of place

    The letter is written throughout her expedition, almost like in journal form which is clear in her changing tense. For example, ?I left Tangier?? and then ?I have a??, to ?This is?? This constant change of tense suggests how busy Bird was whilst on her expedition which meant she had little time to write the whole letter all at once, while also allowing her to be more descriptive when talking about and reflecting on each part of the trip. In the letter, Bird talks a lot about the different places that she has travelled to and spent time in, in Morocco.

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  9. Two texts that portray food to lack comfort and nourishment are Text 21 The extract Act V Scene II and Act V Scene III, from Shakespeares tragedy from 1590 Titus Andronicus, and text 22 An extract from the beginning of The Modest Proposal by Jonathan Swift published in 1729

    It starts with the scene, where Titus reveals the characters Murder and Rape to be Chiron and Demetrius respectively. Then Titus re-enters with Lavinia and reveals all the wrong that these two people have done to him and his family. This is to remind the audience what has happened in the play and, to evoke sympathy for Lavinia and Titus, and to feel hatred toward Chiron and Demetrius. Titus uses monosyllabic lexis which is short and direct such as ?Come, come?. This hints that the speech he is about to give is spontaneous, and it also shows that he doesn?t think he needs to be formal and speak with any respect to the villains.

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  10. JFK Inaugural Address Analysis

    He states, ?I do not shrink from this responsibility ? I welcome it?. The frequent repetition of short declarative sentences suggests that he will indeed carry on and achieve what he is promising. John F. Kennedy?s speech is world wide known for the quote ? ask not what your country can do for you ? ask what you can do for your country??. Contradictory sentences expose the problem first which has for purpose to intrigue the audience, the orator later proposes a solution for the problem in the same sentence. The diction is sophisticated, although in a most basic way in order to allow the audience to fully understand his speech.

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  11. Reflect on some aspects of your own personal talk (idiolect) including perhaps criticisms made of it by adults.

    I often communicate with my grandparents in Punjabi regardless of the context I am in. This is because from their perspective, it is a representation of showing respect and portraying a polite attitude. This supports the idea that culture has a major impact on our idiolect. However, with my parents, I generally tend to speak Standard English because the setting is quite relaxed and informal, compared to when I communicate with my grandfather. During primary school, I was often accused of having a ?posh? accent.

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  12. Analyse the growth of linguistic development in children. Text A, B and C are all examples of Brionys speech at 21 months

    Her then labelling incorrectly solar lanterns as ?moons? shows that she is analogically overextending the meaning of a words because of it?s physical chracterisitcs or appereance (shape, same colour)showing that she is now packaging and that she has fully grapsed the first stage and that now she is trying to learn the range of meanings the word can have. This is further shown by her pointing to the reflection and going ?Dad? because of the physical characteristics shown in the window.

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  13. Fear in Dracula: Speech

    But in fact, there was no danger at all. What happened to cause such an intense reaction? What exactly is fear? And why do we imagine the most ordinary occurrences as life threatening? Well, fear is that distressing negative sensation induced by a perceived threat. It is one of the most basic human emotions and is programmed into the nervous system to respond similar to an instinct. We are only born with two fears; the fear of falling and the fear of loud noises. All other fears we currently possess have developed from an event or events in our past which we associated with pain or danger.

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  14. Amnesty International Leaflet Analysis

    This leaflet holds the shock factor by the pure emotional tone it expresses throughout. ?Children disfigured with hot irons?, is a short burst of information which injects horror to the reader. The verb ?disfigured? is a high register verb. The fact that it is polysyllabic portrays it?s seriousness and it holds a specific meaning. The connotation of the verb would be something that isn?t normal, therefore suggesting that the whole concept of being disfigured in itself not normal. The noun ?Children? expresses the vulnerability and defencelessness of the victims being harmed. It emotional attaches the reader; making them angry at what they have just read and holds them to read on.

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  15. Two texts that show the simple and luxurious approach to food are Scrambled Eggs from Nigella Lawsons cookery book and a poem called Eating Out by U A Fanthorpe.

    The tone is very casual and Nigella uses very informal lexis throughout the whole text. She uses a lot of personal pronouns like ?you? and ?your? to make it seem like she is talking to each individual reader. She also uses the word ?I? to express her personal preferences and opinions on the preparation of the dish. By stating her personal preference on how and when she would cook the dish she is promoting her lifestyle. For example, ?consider overdoing it partywise?. This would make even the simple Mexican Scrambled Eggs luxurious because of Nigella?s celebrity status.

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  16. Latin influence on English Language

    Some of the names mentioned above were brought with the Anglo-Saxons when they invaded England. In addition, the coming of Christian culture to England in a Latin form with the Roman missionaries and those from Ireland in the seventh century brought a few more Latin words of religious character, some of which have remained permanently part of the English language. Foreign ideas, such as those of monastic living, bishops and priests and Christian symbolism had no native equivalents except words already having heathen associations. Besides, these Christian Latin loan words in early OE times, there came into the language some permanent Christian words to express the new ideas also from purely native sources where new meaning were given to existing heathen native words to express new Christian connotations.

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  17. "Bleak House" Linguistic analysis of Chapter 1.

    Also the formal text is planned as it is a chapter from a book. It also has no multiple features. There are lots of lexical choices in this extract. A simile is used "as if the water had but newly retired from the face of the earth". This compares something to something else and also helps to describe the surroundings. There are lots of examples of personification, "death on the sun", "Full grown snowflakes", "holds this day in the sight of heaven and earth". The examples given, show how objects can be given human qualities.

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  18. JFK Inaugural Speech Rhetorical Analysis

    and then God. This establishes credibility and trustworthy. He uses other biblical allusions such as the command of Isaiah to signify the importance of freedom and democratic ideals globally, the basis of success for the future. He later juxtaposes the old generation and new generation of America to strengthen his outlook for the future and illustrating his youthful energy. He states ?We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of the first revolution. Let the word go forth and from this time and place, to friend to foe and alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of America?? (1).

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  19. The Role of Onomatopoeia in Forming New Words

    and other word formation processes like coinage, clipping, and back formation. However, according to my observation that most of references do not involve onomatopoeia is as one of word formation process to form new words. Onomatopoeia is the use of words that imitate the sounds associated with the objects or actions they refer to (Hayden, 2008). The words like Bang!, meow, pow, and beep are examples from onomatopoeia words. The words come from the sound of existing object. Usually, those words are used in film, story, comic, and poetry. Therefore, it makes me predict that onomatopoeia has role in forming new words.

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  20. In what ways does the English language suggest that women are inferior to men?

    Armstrong almost certainly never meant his words to be taken in this way however his words indicate a clear inbuilt gender bias within the English language women and also suggest that women are inferior to men. However, Armstrong said those words in 1969 when women and men were not yet seen as equals and therefore used language which singled out women, the fact that Armstrong, after a long period of thinking time, used the word ?mankind? suggests that the world is only made up of men, men run the world and women have nothing to do with the evolution of the world which shows men and women are not equal also men are above women.

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  21. How to Start and Conclude a GCSE English Essay Effectively

    You will need to practice this so that you'll be able to do it quickly. Writing the Introduction The examiner is most likely to just skim and scan the essays that they mark but they may choose to read through it thoroughly if you write an effective and captivating introduction. To make your introduction as effective as possible you'll need to show the examiner that you understood the text. Make a simple and blunt comment on the style, genre, purpose or tone of the piece of writing.

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  22. What role does turn-taking play in the extract and how are features of accent and dialect represented?

    Topics, therefore, have been predestined as we assume that the interviewer has planned his questions carefully. Because of this, the mode of the speech is interesting: indeed the speech is spontaneous, but much of its content, or at least predicted content, has been planned to a degree. We can also assume that until this exchange, Mrs Cook and the interviewer were strangers and therefore we would expect a certain level of formality between the two throughout their conversation. Despite this formality, however, it is interesting to note the expressive nature of Mrs Cook?s responses, which reveal the pride she takes in her job.

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  23. Analysis of the speech "A More Perfect Union" - Barack Obama

    Obama quotes; ?The document they produced was eventually signed but ultimately unfinished. It was stained by this nation?s original sin of slavery?? With the two alliterations and a metaphor Obama clearly expresses his unhappiness for the final decision, about the slavery, two hundred and twenty one years ago. He resumes the speech with pathos appeal, which is the appeal to emotions. He uses the appeal when he tells how, even though the Constitution was suppose to give people liberty and justice, the words on the parchment were never enough to abolish the slavery, or provide every man and woman of every ?color and creed? their full rights as U.S citizens.

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  24. Comparison of two spoken language texts

    Words like ?scorting? and ?thee? show this. These words are not used by everyone in the English language however by certain particular people, showing that it?s a regional dialect. Adding on to this Mrs Cook also uses incorrect grammar which could also be due to where she comes from, ?aint? is said instead of ?isn?t? and is emphasised when the interviewer uses ?isn?t? ; showing the difference in regional areas are to have an effect on how someone speaks. Another example is? they been?t too bad? in contrast to when the interviewer says ?they aren?t too bad?.

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