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Lexis
Orthography
Typography
Phonology
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Content
Context
Style
Prosodics
 
 
Syllabus 9001 Specification
English Language A/AS
English Language and Literature
  Choosing the course
  Assessment Objectives
  Pathways through the 6 units
 
Main Topics 1 Origins of Language The Salmon
A Prehistory Timeline
Indo-European
Family Tree
How Indo-European was discovered
Non Indo-European language families
 
2 Signs & Symbols Development of the Western Alphabet
Chinese Characters
Arabic Script
Spelling
Spelling in Advertising
From Ox to A 
 
3 Child's Acquisition of Language Catherine at 2.10 years
Counting (sound file)
Drawing (sound file)
Rhyme (sound file)
Transcriptions 
 
4 Language Change and History The Invasions map
A language Timeline
Chaucer and his time 1
Chaucer and his time 2
Caxton and his time
Change in the Bible
Boy's Own Paper 1922
New words in Business 2003
New Words 1977-1985
New words since 1986
The process of change
Music reviews
Example etymologies
Bollywood
Buzzwords - fashionable words through the ages
Global English
Is the hyphen making a dash for extinction?
Jargon used in the Iraq War 2003
Issues of change - a summary
The Future of English
A Placename Journey
English - What A Language!
Words for all Seasons 
  
5 Word Structure Essential vocabulary for children
  Deconstructing a word
  
6 Sentence Structure The green sports car
Ambiguity
Bushisms for syntax analysis
Chomsky
Examples of non-standard usage
Nouns or verbs?
Pronouns
Noun Phrases
  The Apostrophe
 
7 The Notion of Correctness Does Your English Let You Down?
  Knuckleheads
  Pupils will learn to talk proper
  Unnecessary Quotation Marks
  
8 The Sounds of Language
Lord Reith
Vita Sackville-West
Misheard conversations
Tongue Twisters
  
9 Transcriptions Going Equipped
Racing Commentary
Catherine Grey aged 2years 10 months
Boat Race
Parkinson interviews Cher

The Guided Interview

Weather Forecasts
 
  
10 Spoken & Written Modes
  Punctuation
11 Discourse Analysis including
unscripted conversation, scripted interview,
prompted speech, ...
  Pragmatics
  The Phatic Function
  Bush and Blair unplugged
 
12 Dialects and Non Standard Varieties including studies of language and social class Standard English
Moses and the Children of Israel
BBC to be less cut-glass
James Beattie's Theory of Language
Accent prejudices - Phil Tufnell
  British Black English
  Burns' "To a Mouse"
  Scots Dialect and Lalland
  Language of The Street
  The Sarcastic Thief (Yorkshire)
  Twa Corbies (Scots)
  Cheryl Cole - A Geordie Misunderstood in the US
  
13 Register and Appropriateness Court Circular
Domain
Academic Jargon
Weather Jargon
Is Swearing Bad Language?
 
14 Tenor and Domain
 
15 Specific Domains Legal
US Legal language in the Shoebomber trial
Propaganda
Bikes
Crisp packet
John F Kennedy's Inaugural Address
Catherine's Talk
Estate Agents
Lonely Hearts
Journalism - Winners Dinners
Food Critics
Romeo and Juliet - by text
Football Managers' Tenses
Teenage jargon
Specialist Vocabulary - Architectural Mouldings
 
16 Literature & Figurative Language
Car Names
4x4 car names
Chocolate Names
Caravan Names
Fighting Vehicles names
Irony
Hollow Point
Pain Words
 
17 TV and Radio
 
18 Newspapers

Newspaper Headlines
Implications & Allegations
Allegations - Barron Dropped
The Guided Busway

 
19 Advertising, Propaganda Bikes
Chips
Advertising Features
Propaganda
Colour names 1
Colour names 2
Advertising spellings
Hotels
Wine Blurbs
Islamic State
Tapenade
 
20 Rhetoric John F Kennedy's Inaugural Address
The Fatherly Leader Kim Il Sung
Tony Blair, Afghanistan
George W Bush, Twin Towers
George W Bush Afghanistan
Churchill, we shall fight them on the beaches
The Columbia Disaster
Tim Collins in Iraq
Abraham Lincoln, Gettysburg Address
Mark Anthony, death of Caesar
Saddam Hussein, the enemy is trapped
Ariel Sharon, Gaza Strip
Metaphors and their use
Martin Luther King
An Icy Blast - metaphor in weather forecasts
Computer Metaphors
Avoiding the Question
Barack Obama: Victory | Inaugural Address | Commentary |
 
21 Plain English & Gobbledygook
  Legalese
World's Worst Writing
  Orwell's Rules of English
  Evasive language on the railways
  Police Jargon
  English As She Is Spoke
  Euphemisms - The Fat Lady Sings
22 Editing and writing in style A letter by a learner of English 
 
23 Political Correctness, Sexism and Genderlect Sexist terminology
Women's Language
  Judges Prejudice
  What does gay really mean?
24 Research Bernstein
Cheshire
Eskimo Words for Snow
More Eskimo Words for Snow
Kerswill
Labov
Milroy
Trudgill - Norwich
Language & Thought
Martha's Vinyard
Berlin and Kay, Colour words

 

25 Issues for discussion   

 
 
Globish
A linguistic guiding body?
Standards
 
 
Timelines Processes of Change
Late Anglo-Saxon Bible (extract)
Prologue to Canterbury Tales
Wyclif Bible
Caxton 
Tyndale Bible
King James Bible
BBC
 
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