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The language of humour. Linguistics Research Digest. Referencing - The Harvard System. Department of Lifelong Learning: Study Skills Series (Download pdf version) Introduction As a student, it is important that you identify in your assessment when you are using the words or ideas of another author.

Referencing - The Harvard System

Department of Linguistics. Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice. Contents: introduction · communities of practice · legitimate peripheral participation and situated learning · learning organizations and learning communities · conclusion · references · links · how to cite this article.

Jean Lave, Etienne Wenger and communities of practice

LANGUAGE AND REPRESENTATION – THE THEORIES. Why does it matter that language may be sexist, racist and so on?


Apart from the obvious point that such language is offensive, many people that the language we hear and use has a big influence on the way we think. There are two extreme views of this issue, the universalist and the relativist. The universalist position is that all humans share common ways of thinking, a set of basic concepts about the world which we may call conceptual primes. One example is relative distance, the distinction between “near” and “far”.

All languages, whatever their apparent differences, will provide means of expressing these essential concepts. The relativist position is the opposite of the universalist. Hall. Does Language Influence Culture? (Please see Corrections & Amplifications below.)

Does Language Influence Culture?

Do the languages we speak shape the way we think? Do they merely express thoughts, or do the structures in languages (without our knowledge or consent) shape the very thoughts we wish to express? Language Magazine Blurring the Line between Language and Culture. Fatiha Guessabi argues that culture is a language in itself Language always carries meanings and references beyond itself: The meanings of a particular language represent the culture of a particular social group.

Language Magazine Blurring the Line between Language and Culture

To interact with a language means to do so with the culture which is its reference point. We could not understand a culture without having direct access to its language because of their intimate connection. Gogglebox: the reality TV show with a twist. A three-time television award winner, and one of my all-time favourite shows on British TV, Gogglebox is a reality programme like no other.

Gogglebox: the reality TV show with a twist

Imagine this ... you’re watching TV, but the people you’re watching are also watching TV … confused yet? This virtually metaphysical idea enables the viewer to enjoy not only entertainment from the immediate characters on their screen, but also from the programmes that the characters are watching, providing a double whammy of fun. Further to the originality and simplicity of the series, Gogglebox keeps you hooked with its collection of colourful characters, with families and friends from up and down the country. Although they sometimes change, there are several iconic people that stay the same. These include an old and adorable couple, two bubbly and loud friends with new fake nails and takeaways each week, as well as a posh couple with either their dogs or a glass of wine in hand (or sometimes both), from a town that’s genuinely called Sandwich.

What does reality television tells us about culture? – Lehrer Werkstatt. Some may think that because Americans speak English that they must be just like their cousins across the pond.

What does reality television tells us about culture? – Lehrer Werkstatt

But if you watch the British and American versions of popular reality shows (Big Brother vs. Big Brother, Masterchef vs Masterchef, Dancing with the Stars vs Strictly Come Dancing), you will see that our tastes are starkly different in what we enjoy watching. Masterchef UK hosts Gregg Wallace and John Torode (c/o wikipedia) I was introduced to the BBC’s version of Masterchef last spring. This cooking show is where home cooks compete against one another to become THE Masterchef. There is no yelling. View. Hands on History, BBC Archive – The Schools (1962) Hands on History, BBC Archive – film of British School Children. Hands on History, BBC News Archive – Government to cut grant (1968) Hands on History, BBC Archive – Chalkface (1989) Hands on History, BBC News Archive - Slum Rehousing (1967)

Hands on History, BBC Archive – Housing in Birmingham (1966) Hands on History, BBC Archive – The Money Programme - Housing problem in the UK (1969) Hands on History, BBC Archive – Housing and Home: Power to the people (1986) Hands on History, BBC Archive – Families on Holiday (1977) Hands on History, BBC Archive - Holidays in Blackpool (1974) Level Up: English Language - Language and Occupation. Language and Occupation The exam might ask you to look at data from any occupational group, so it's useful to have some prior knowledge on at least a few of the 'big' ones.

Level Up: English Language - Language and Occupation

These include: law, education, the Church, sports. Each one has its own specialist language and conventions... If you have a job, or talk to people with jobs, why not observe the language being used? (you'll probably know more about it than this unemployed writer). Language and Power This is also found in ENB1. Some ways that power is created is through: Is it time we agreed on a gender-neutral singular pronoun?

Language, like life, feels easier to deal with if we arrange it into binaries: Wrong/right; Gay/straight; Labour/Conservative.

Is it time we agreed on a gender-neutral singular pronoun?

Terms lurking between the two poles are often unfairly maligned. We’re often wary of anything that is neither one nor the other: Justifiable homicide; Bisexual; The Liberal Democrats. The same goes for him/her. We seem far more comfortable when people are either men or women. The reality is different. A universal gender­-neutral pronoun – something to capture everything between he and she – would resolve this, and other issues.

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Glossary - All About Linguistics. Student resources, communication studies, writing skills and literacy. This page contains various resources for GCSE English, A-level English Language and Communication Studies.

Student resources, communication studies, writing skills and literacy

They are materials I have put together for my own teaching over a number of years. I have recently overhauled the site to make it clearer and easier to use. I also post occasional links to articles and other documents that seem to me of interest to A-level English Language students and their teachers: Pick 'n' Mix. If you're keen on competitive debating, you may like our regular debating blog. It contains information about our weekly debates (including audio), news about competitions, and other stuff from this addictive school activity. Learn: Structural features of spoken interaction. Glossary of linguistic terms. Andrew Moore contents.htm. A selection of new guides - have you seen these yet? A-level language: tutorial on Language and technology A-level language: tutorial on English varieties of the British Isles A-level language: tutorial on Researching dialect by Barrie Rhodes GCSE - AQA Anthology: Prose | Poetry GCSE - coursework: Speaking and listening and writing Want to check resources from other ATW sites?

Check out the ATW Virtual School English Department Back to top of page The National Curriculum, assessment and exam courses Special educational needs Poetry | Original writing | History | Religious Education | Key words | Sensory garden These links take you to resources that I have developed in conjunction with learners at Ganton and St. The shared language of sport and politics. 27 September 2012Last updated at 19:59 ET By Nick Bryant BBC News Sporting metaphors always overrun the language of politics in the English-speaking world at election time - and perhaps most of all in the US.

We have now reached the point in the race for the White House when it helps to keep a glossary of American sporting terms ever close at hand. True, we have not quite reached the bottom of the ninth (the final, often dramatic, inning of a baseball game). It is probably too early for the front-runner Barack Obama to start running down the clock (cautious tactics used by the team ahead in the final minutes of a basketball match designed to protect its lead). Three presidential debates still lie ahead, where Mitt Romney will doubtless be looking for a knock-out punch (one of the few analogies that requires no translation outside the US).

Just another weblog. Study shows that people who speak two languages have more efficient brains. (Bigstock) By Tanya Lewis November 18, 2014 People who speak two languages may have brains that are more efficient at language processing and other tasks, new research suggests. Scientists have long assumed that the “bilingualism advantage” — the enhanced ability to filter out important information from unimportant material — stems from how bilingual people process language. The new study confirms that assumption and goes on to suggest that bilingual people are more efficient at higher-level brain functions such as ignoring irrelevant information, said Ellen Bialystok, a psychologist at York University in Toronto, who was not involved in the research. Working harder In the study, published last week in the journal Brain and Language, brain scans showed that people who spoke only one language had to work harder to focus on a single word.

Compared with people who speak only a single tongue, “bilinguals are much better at ignoring irrelevant words,” Marian said. Brain bodybuilders — Live Science.