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Real Talk. Priti Patel - latest news, breaking stories and comment - The Independent. How the internet is changing language as we know it (ikr lol) How the language we use entrenches inequalities. The rhetoric surrounding the UK’s exit from the EU has become increasingly inflammatory.

How the language we use entrenches inequalities

Some feel that Boris Johnson’s use of military metaphors such as “surrender act” to describe a piece of legislation has made debates even more polarised. This is important: the language used in the House of Commons both reflects – and is liable to be reflected by – society at large. Recognising the dangers of such inflammatory language, senior figures from the main Westminster parties signed a pledge at the end of September outlining their “responsibility to try to use moderate language” in Commons debates on exiting the EU. In this instance, the power of language and the potential for it to shape behaviours has been acknowledged. We live in a society in which inequality is entrenched and increasing – in this context, words can have real and pernicious effects.

Language matters. Real-time #ElectionLeaflet monitoring. Princess, love, girl – when is a term of endearment not welcome? Trump’s rhetoric: a triumph of inarticulacy. ‘It’s all fake news, it’s phoney stuff – it didn’t happen … I think we have one of the great cabinets ever put together … Don’t be rude.

Trump’s rhetoric: a triumph of inarticulacy

Don’t be rude. Don’t. Be. Rude … I’m not going to give you a question. I’m not going to give you a question. EngLangBlog. Grammar for Schools.

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YouTube - Broadcast Yourself. John McWhorter: Txtng is killing language. JK!!! Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants? In the lexicon of human migration there are still hierarchical words, created with the purpose of putting white people above everyone else.

Why are white people expats when the rest of us are immigrants?

One of those remnants is the word “expat”. The battle over the words used to describe migrants - BBC News. Images of people scrambling over barbed wire fences in Calais or crossing the Mediterranean in fishing boats have dominated the media over the last few months.

The battle over the words used to describe migrants - BBC News

And a debate has even emerged about the very words used to describe people. The word migrant is defined in Oxford English Dictionary as "one who moves, either temporarily or permanently, from one place, area, or country of residence to another". Language in Conflict - How people present the world through language. Department of Linguistics. Some general features of spoken English Backchannels Listeners may show the speaker that they are listening and understanding by saying mmm or little words like yeah, usually skilfully placed at the end of a clause.

Department of Linguistics

These are called backchannels or, sometimes, minimal responses. Language in Conflict - How language works. Department of Linguistics. English Grammar: a complete guide. Do you have a question about the correct usage of the semicolon or how to place adverbs in a sentence?

English Grammar: a complete guide

If so, you've come to the right place. is a complete English grammar guide filled with the rules of English usage. Each grammatical rule is explained in plain English with several examples, and when needed, counter-examples. The grammatical rules covered by this guide are categorized below. English grammar is not always easy to understand, but by using this guide you should be able to remind yourself of the rules of English usage and speak or write English with confidence.

Nouns Nouns are people, places, or things, They tell us what we are talking about. Adjectives Adjectives modify, or describe, nouns. Adverbs Adverbs modify adjectives, verbs, or other adverbs. Determiners Articles, quantifiers, and other determiners modify nouns. Verbs & Verb Tenses Verbs are action words. Speech. Guide to Punctuation. Structure of speech. This web page is intended for students who are following GCE Advanced level (AS and A2) syllabuses in English Language.

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This resource may also be of general interest to language students on university degree courses, trainee teachers and anyone with a general interest in language science. For a more detailed explanation, see the guide to Pragmatics on this site. Introduction In answering questions at Advanced level, you will have opportunities to interpret language data, which are included in the exam paper. The politics of UK newspapers. Why do politicians speak the way they do?

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Why do politicians speak the way they do?

Linguistics Research Digest: "Uh-huh. Mhm. Wow": How Backchannels influence the Story. When we hear someone telling a story or narrating an event, it is not uncommon to hear listeners responding with mhm, uh-huh, wow, oh, and the like.

Linguistics Research Digest: "Uh-huh. Mhm. Wow": How Backchannels influence the Story

At face value, these words or short phrases may not seem to contribute to the conversation. Sure, they indicate attention and agreement, but how much do they actually influence the story being told? In a recent study on such responses, researchers Jackson Tolin and Jean E. Fox Tree argue that these backchannels, as they are called, actually do influence the narrative. Tolin and Fox Tree obtained recordings of 30 conversations between undergraduate students.

Rhetoric. Rhetoric Rhetoric is the study of effective speaking and writing.


"That form of speaking which has the intention of making an impact upon, persuading, or influencing a public audience. " Rhetorical devices are frequently used consciously in advertising and in public speeches to create an effect. Verbtenses usage. Recommended Teachers' Resources. This site exists to support students and teachers of English A Level, especially English Language. Copyright Beth Kemp 2005-present. Text from this site may not be copied for commercial gain, although you are free to use for study purposes. If you teach English Language A Level, I’d recommend the following online resources: Membership of the English Language List (found under ‘subscriptions’ on this site) This email list is where teachers of A Level Language share resources and discuss aspects of the course.

Acronyms and initialisms: what’s the difference?