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

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  1. Describe and explain how the composition of conversational groups affects the spoken interactive style of men and women.

    The conversations took place in typical public places between males and males, females and females, and males and females. From these conversations Zimmerman and west concluded that the turn taking within groups contained abnormalities, the switches in speakers did not have the smooth flowing patteren in the change over. Typically one person should speak whereas another should acknowledge and listen, however from the study there were two main irregularities in the conversations. The first was overlaps and the second was interruptions, the uses of interruptions were high in the males. However men do not tend to interrupt other men but on the other hand use the interruptions when speaking to women.

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  2. Analyse "Giving a Little Dinner Party" from a gender perspective

    Empty adjectives and adverbs are prevalent throughout the article. The writer uses lexemes such as "perfectly", "nicely", and "little", which don't have any specific meaning which is relevant to the subject. Lakoff states that women typically use empty adjectives to enforce what she is saying, as she needs to feel that her words have significance in the conversation. This is a sign of status anxiety, which shows the woman as being very conscious of her status in the world. This reinforces the theme that women are inferior in this article.

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  3. short story analysis

    In addition, throughout the duration of the story the register remains unchanged and is somewhat formal. This particular register is used by both the narrator and the characters. This is done predominately to remain educating in the way in which language should be used in day to day living and between individuals yet maintains its entertaining purpose. "well Marcy I live here 9n this big field filled with lots..." this piece of text conveys that the register used in the story remains educational to the audience as it allows the reader to read how characters are communicating and can listen to how it is being spoken and will pick up on this particular feature and allows the story to be manageable to understand and keep in mind so not to forget vital parts of it.

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  4. 2702 Written Languages

    In print form, advertisers rely on a combination of copy and image. The use of lexis creates a relationship with the audience and the text, for example the use of colloquial expressions is quite common, like "Mazda X2, Its Fit" would appeal to a younger generation who use the word "fit" in replacement for something that's attractive or good looking. By using colloquial expressions such as this, it gives the text a friendly feel and creates a bond with the audience. It creates a personal feel and the audience may even feel that the advert or product understands them and what they are looking for.

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  5. persuasive analysis

    The text is filled with deictic expressions to emphasize that the text is written but mimics speech. " they make your..." this can be associated to the readers by the way in which it is spoken as it maintains the flow of the text and the fact that speech itself is made up mainly of deictic expressions. The use of syllabics are also shown in the text as this is again is something in which the audience can associate with in informal speech yet still maintains the texts informative nature on a serious note. "you know all that good stuff..."

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  6. Gullivers Travels.Discuss the style and concerns of this extract, considering its significance within the text as a whole.

    The Houyhnhnms' unfamiliarity with clothing such as his 'coat', an unnatural covering for the body, thus highlights their belief in living in harmony with nature, and this neo-classical type of conservatism is presented as a much better way of life as it escapes vanity. Another aspect showing Gulliver's pride in being human is his self-proclaimed 'strength of ... reasoning', which in fact becomes tiresome to the reader, as Gulliver tends to flaunt his intelligence purposelessly. For example, in the first paragraph he inserts a trivial fact '(who was a brown Bay)'

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  7. How successful is yosser hughes as a father? (boys from the blackstuff)

    The jobless faced constant rejection by employers who had no job vacancies. Men became increasingly depressed as their efforts to get back to gainful employment were crushed. The loss of jobs was causing loss of identity; I think this is why Yosser insists on repeating: "I'm Yosser Hughes". He's lost everything but yet he still exists and needs to keep reminding himself and everybody else of it. Yosser represents the millions of people who were unemployed, unable to find work and on the brink of a nervous breakdown. His story shows the tension caused by money problems and that losing a job can result in divorce.

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  8. Eating Sugar

    Finally they meet some natives, and Suzanne tries to communicate with them. That's quite a problem, since they speak really poor English. After all, one of the natives makes it clear that a car is going to come and pick them up. Eileen is worried and considering just to let them go. Then Alex makes it clear, as the headmaster of the family that the best thing is to return with the natives before it gets dark. In line 34 we can read that Eileen is afraid to get lost, in Bangkok she daily said: "What if we got lost?"

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  9. How does the charity letter use language to create an impact on its audience?

    The effect this has upon the audience is that the reality of the letter is portrayed clearly and it makes the reader realise it isn't just a problem for somebody else, it could happen to anyone. 'Like any parents.' Something else used, that makes the letter a lot more personal, is the use of personal pronouns. The use of the first person, personal pronouns 'my' and 'I', in the first paragraph, not only make the letter more real to the reader but also gives a sense of pride that Abigail's father is feeling.

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  10. Romeo and Juliet

    We know that the party was a masquerade, but the probability that Romeo would be discovered was high. Inevitably this was the case, and, of course, it was Romeo's number one foe, Tybalt, who made the discovery. No one can criticise Tybalt's reaction on finding out that Romeo had had the audacity to enter the home of his family's enemy, the Capulet's. "This by his voice should be a Montague. Fetch me my rapier boy." (Act 1, Scene 5, lines 53 and 54)

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  11. M R James Ghost story

    The introduction of the story starts by describing the setting and the atmosphere. The setting of the story is Aswarby Hall. The boy saw, a tall square, red brick house. Red might symbolize blood and it could be a worrying sign. Their were many windows, which show the building is very big. This is very frightening, as they look shadowy and are lit up like fires. The buildings were close to each other, which show that inside is very dark. The flat park had Oakes fringed with firs, this proves that the place looks very creepy and that there's not many people living there.

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  12. How does Hosseini present Baba in chapter 10?

    He knows that woman deserves a respect and it is natural reaction for him to back up her. Other people, such as Amir, don't understand his behaviour. Amir is scared of loosing his father and he tries to stop him. Baba is not happy with his son conduct and he says: "Haven't I taught you anything?". It also shows Baba's disappointed. In chapter 3, Baba says: "I'd never believe he's my son". I think Baba becomes more disappointed with Amir and his performance each chapter. Amir is a coward. He is different to Baba. He proved this in previous chapters when Hassan got raped and Amir did not do anything to defend him.

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  13. English Coursework

    Iraq borders Turkey, Iran, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Syria. It has a narrow outlet to the sea on the Gulf and a surface area of 438,317 square kilometers. Funnily enough it also happens to have the world's second largest oil reserve after Saudi Arabia. It is estimated they hold around 12.5 billion barrels, although i'm sure this information is irrelevant... This war started due to America and its Allies all believing that Iraq under Saddam Hussein's regime was a threat. When it was announced to the public that a war was about to declared and an invasion was about to be led, there was a huge outcry.

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  14. How is context affecting Sophie's language and how is she using her language to achieve a function?

    A good example that Sophie is more advanced both cognitively and grammatically, is her use of the questioning word, "why" in response to a piece of the puzzle not fitting. This word, along with "when" is not normally used by children early on in their speech development due to the sense of past and future needed. It also seems that she is unable to phrase certain questions, She is able to use "what", though it is unclear as to what the completed question would have been, as something occurs outside of the conversation, possibly one of them replaces or removes

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  15. examining and exploring a review

    full of 'primitive weaponry of toilet humour' and 'gay-clich´┐Ż jokes', but at the same time Ivanov maintains a neutral stance by complimenting the movie on some of its achievements 'subverts the gambit of any other 'serious' gay movie'. The lexis used in the review is overall formal, with some elements of colloquialism such as 'the icing on the cake'. He uses such conversational style lexis to amuse and engage his audience. Ivanov establishes himself with the first person singular pronoun 'I' to identify with readers as someone who has seen the movie thus immediately capturing the readers' interest and trust.

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  16. Frankenstein Media Coursework

    were detected in this film for example the rejection of the monster could reflect him being rejected in society. The 1920's and 30's saw 'The Great Depression' and 'The Golden Age of Hollywood'. The Great Depression A.K.A The Wall Street Crash happened in October 1929. The debts of Hollywood tripled to $410 million dollars due to The Depression. The kind of movies that Hollywood produce during The Depression changed due to the public mood, more cynical characters were created to reflect a sense of despair e.g.

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  17. Persuasive Text

    I want to help the people on this earth with no home or family to go to; those who have lost their way and are having trouble getting back on the steady tracks of a job, a house and friends. I am sure that you take things like some form of a home, friends and the chance for employment or education for granted, but take that away and the strong scaffolding of happiness fades and becomes the coldness and murkiness of the deepest oceans, where good and innocent people drown.

    • Word count: 1287
  18. Free essay

    Travel Writing

    Yes, I know. A city in Cornwall! A small secret; Truro is more like a large town with a huge cathedral in the middle which allows it to be called a city, so it's nothing like the stereotypical city. Anyhow, it will be flooded within the next few hundred years according to researchers. In Truro, you will find signs of human life and civilization. It has been developed immensely over the past fifty years or so, and is now more thriving than ever.

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  19. Short Story

    Pam and John shouted up at me through the gap in the lands to help them through. I did so with silent shock, unable to even think of what to say or do. Both Pam and John reacted in the same way. Their mouths seemed to drop to the ground, and silence followed for the next five minutes. I started to walk, but I didn't know where I was going. My feet just started to move, and excitement like I had never experienced overtook my whole body.

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  20. Language investigation into the language used by George Bush on the day of and days following the september 11th attacks.

    During the period that I am investigating, a total of 6 speeches were produced, all of which are published on that very website. Although in an ideal world I would like to have an in depth analysis of all 6 of these speeches, I feel that it would not only take my investigation way above the limitations set out in the project brief, but it would also not provide a good enough side by side analysis of the most contrasting speeches. I feel the investigation will be far more successful if I limit my in depth study to three texts.

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  21. Hierarchy and Power

    if he had to hunt other animals P: miss there (.) there's one where he's caught his erm (.) prey T: yeh so the tiger needs to be fast and he needed to have very sharp (.) P: wings T: the tiger? P: teeth P: claws T: teeth and claws (.) all right (..) now (.) birds also have (..) different things about them they also have a lot of things that are the same (.) let's think first of all about the things that are the same what do all birds have?

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  22. Travel Writing - Trebarwith Strand

    From couples to kids, families to friends there are activities that can be experienced for everyone. Surfing: Now being in Cornwall the 'surf-scene' obviously comes to mind and the Strand is without a doubt a superb surf spot. With lots of cross waves Trebarwith can offer predominately peaky waves to surf close to shore, fast and barrelling. Recommendations: Suitable for intermediate and experienced surfers that have possibly surfed similar areas. However those who want to learn to surf or are beginners can come during the Life Guard season** and even have lessons with the surf school.

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  23. 'Henry V is a study in what it means to be king' to what extent do you agree with this statement?

    In this conversation the audience are acknowledged of King Henry's past life, of how much of a different person he was; it is told that Henry was somewhat of an adventurous and free soul, he is described as a gushing river full of outbursts 'never came reformation in a flood, with such a heady currance scouring faults'. It is then notified that as soon as his father died Henry had gone through a dramatic change 'the breath no sooner left his fathers body, but that wildness, mortified in him, seemed to die too' through this sentence Shakespeare exemplifies that King

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  24. Lady MacBeth

    The quotation I found best to show this was: "Shalt be..." Because this is said and written in the future tense, these two words can tell the audience that she is ambitious. Lady Macbeth also repeats the words of the three ugly sisters: "Shalt be", (the witches) and we could be led to believe that Lady Macbeth could be or has been a Witch before in the past. To create a difference these two bits of text (Macbeth's and Lady Macbeth's soliloquy), Shakespeare has written Macbeth's in prose, a simple common manner to speak and Lady Macbeth's in Blank Verse, a more sophisticated and clever, quick way of also speaking (where each line has ten syllables).

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  25. John Fortune

    The main character is a girl named Lindiwe. She is from South Africa, namely Johannesburg, but she now lives in London, because she has got a scholarship to work and study abroad. The reader doesn't get much knowledge about Lindiwe's looks other than the fact that she is portly built, but the narrator gives one a good perception of how Lindiwe is, by letting the reader in on her thoughts and by describing her actions. Lindiwe has come to London to work and study, but she doesn't fully enjoy it, because she has a feeling of guilt towards the ones

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