Candidates should undertake detailed linguistic research. The most rewarding
area for a Research Topic is likely to be one where the candidate has
some direct access to the subject, either on a personal level or via specific
regional and idiolectic linguistic determinants. It is important also
that teachers advise candidates in their selection of topics in such a
way that clear progression can be seen from AS level work.
Assessment Objectives targeted in this Unit must
be met, and candidates will require judicious guidance in order to ensure
a realisable outcome. A significant proportion of the completed project
should be devoted to linguistic analysis, supported by commentary and
evaluation. The project must address formal issues in linguistics (AO4),
and analysis should be presented in a suitable framework (AO3ii).
Candidates should analyse and evaluate variation in spoken and/or written
language according to context (AO5ii);
however, in this Unit, it is not essential to address variation over time.
the candidate's own interests should be respected, the Research Topic
must show evidence of appropriate research methodology in its organisation
and execution (AO1, AO3ii);
in particular, quotation, reference and bibliography should be properly
handled. (Quotation, reference and bibliography must be included within
the overall word limit for the folder.)