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Linguistics Essay Examples

Johnson's Dictionary and the language of learning

...The fact is that basically all the English language dictionaries are descriptive in nature. The main editors always refer to it as recording the language and how the words are spelled and used. Descriptive languages, thus describe the language and include words that are commonly used even those that are non-standard and often include non-standard spelling. Prescriptive dictionaries are more concerned about the standard or correct English. In other words, they prescribe the proper spelling and us...

Research Proposal on English Skills Improvement through the Use of iPad Technology

...Some of the considerations which are ethical that the researcher will adhere to are; voluntary participation, non-maleficence, autonomy and confidentiality. The participants of this study will not be coerced to participate neither will they be given bribes to participate. On the other hand, the research will ensure that no harm is experienced by the participants either physically, spiritually or psychologically. They will be left the way they were met before their particip...

Language in culture: conference on the interrelations of language and other aspects of culture

...In conclusion, it is evident that culture is as set of symbolic classifications, referred to as a group of symbols which can prearranged into a paradigmatic set, frequently hierarchical. These systems of classifications show a world view or tribal order. Languages are constituted of the systems of classifications like grammars. Grammars classify number, person and time. Cultures consist of unconscious classifications which include relatives, plants, colors and animals....

Globalization Source Analysis

...The three perspectives on globalization that I have discussed so far each have some things in common. Each source describes ways in which globalization affects the world and society. Each source also shows the negatives effects of globalization; namely the lack of diversity and culture that is a result of globalization. From each source you can see how globalization forces us to become more like one another by integrating us into a singular culture. Sources I, II and III are all great examples o...

Globalisation and English

...Berger, P., 2000, Four Faces of Global Culture, in O’Meara, P., Mehlinger, H., Krain, M. (eds.) Globalization and the Challenges of the New Century: A Reader, Indiana University Press, Bloomington Berger, P., Huntington, S. 2002, Many Globalizations: Cultural Diversity in the Contemporary World, Oxford University Press, New York Coleman, J. A. 2006, English-medium teaching in European Higher Education. Language Teaching, 39(1), pp. 1–14. Available at http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.1017/S026144480...

National Integration in India.

...National Integration is of great significance in a country like India where varied cultures, religions and languages exist. Integration is not achieved in India because of communalism, castism and linguistic differences. The need for national integration is of utmost importance at this period of India’s history. National integration is very essential for social peace and harmony. No progress can be made in the field of art, literature, science, technology and economy without integration. India...

Language as a badge of identity

...Language can be worn as a badge of identity, giving speakers national, interpersonal and intrapersonal identity. The phonology of Australian English gives the speaker a distinct accent and, paired along with its unique slang, makes it identifiable across the globe. In order to separate themselves from adults and children, teenagers build a linguistic barrier by creating neologisms and maintaining that barrier by constantly altering lexicon to avoid adults becoming too familiar with them. On the...

Pros and cons of English being the international lingua franca

...The second drawback of English being the international lingua franca is that the dominance of the English language proposes a threat to our own language. Taking Hong Kong as an example, English is set to be the second language here, abilities of English usually come first than Chinese. Therefore, parents always place English a high place. When children’s result in English language is poor, they spend so much money on remedial classes. But if in the other way round, may be some parents won’t ...

Comparison assessment beetween Miss Trunchbull and Mrs Honey

...Miss Honey’s head down may indicate that she is trying to hide from Miss Trunchbull and feels intimidated by her. Unlike Miss Honey, Miss Trunchbull’s behaviour is intimidating and mean. It is shown through many key ways such as her gait, posture and speech. When Miss Honey comes to speak to her on behalf of Matilda, her posture is a critical way that she shows the audience that this is her territory. She rolled back shoulders and straight masculine arms with shut legs shows that she is conf...

Language Essay

...Over the years, language has deteriorated greatly, because of people becoming more and more lazy and using shortened versions of words. Different forms of Language come and go like time spent through an hourglass, people often forget different forms of language that aren't heavily promoted. In "Teaching New Worlds/New Words" Bell Hooks explained how black vernacular was dying off and being replaced by standard English. Language can be very confusing and difficult to understand, and is constantly...

Importance and uses of contrastive linguistics

...There is a growing demand from both public and private sectors for professionals combining excellent language skills and sound linguistic theory and methodology. You study linguistic theory, description and methodology with a particular focus on corpus approaches and a strong multilingual component with high relevance for language professionals, especially in the field of foreign/second language learning, teaching (and testing), linguistics focusing on usage-based models and methods in language ...

Theoretical Phonetics Exam Answers

...23.Phonostylistics. Types and styles of pronunciation in English. Styles of pronunciation - special forms of speech suited to the aim and the contents of the utterance, the circumstances of communication, the character of the audience, etc. Several different styles of pronunciation may be distinguished, but generally accepted classification of styles of pronunciation doesn’t exist. Jones: the rapid familiar style, the slower colloquial style, the natural style (addressing a fair-sized audienc...

Childhood dreams and reality

...I wanted to become an interpreter due to some reasons. I imagined myself being an elegantly dressed woman on high hills interpreting at business conferences and taking part in various workshops. I like meeting new people and making new friends. I would love such an occupation. Besides, this profession is very useful because it helps people to understand each other. Now I am a student of the interpreter`s department at Minsk State Linguistic University. Every day we occupy ourselves with differen...

The Effect of Social Media on the English Language

... Another research called Social networking: teachers blame Facebook and Twitter for pupils' poor grades written by Andy Bloxham in 2010, it talked about how teachers blame Facebook and Twitter for kids’s poor grades, he said kids spend too much time online which makes it harder for them to concentrate in class, they become more distracted and have shorter attention spans as researchers found. Teachers also are very unhappy that students are replacing words like “Tomorrow” to “2mor” or...

Montessori Language Rationale

...Introduction to reading comes through phonetic reading boxes. The reading boxes are cleverly organized, going from simple to the complex. Reading does not follow the same process of writing, which is taking our own thoughts and symbolizing. When we read, it is not our language with which we are working with, it is the author’s language. Reading is the analysis of the language followed by a synthesis. Story telling and socio-dramatic play in the environment can help the child develop an imagina...

Role of language in communication

...Human language has the properties of productivity, recursivity, and displacement, and relies entirely on social convention and learning. Its complex structure affords a much wider range of expressions than any known system of animal communication. Language is thought to have originated when early hominins started gradually changing their primate communication systems, acquiring the ability to form a theory of other minds and a shared intentionality.[1][2] This development is sometimes thought to...

Focus on the Learner

...Aim: To give students practice using the correct form of the present simple 3rd person singular in the context of organizing a summer camp. Rationale: Students are already familiar with the rule for forming the present tense for the 3rd person singular. However, especially during speaking tasks, they omit the “-s” at the end of the verb and use the bare infinitive form. The activity I have chosen is a speaking task, because I believe that students will benefit from practice to avoid making t...

Language Barrier Term Paper

...On our social experiment, we had to buy something at a nearby market place and we ought to use different language and try to negotiate with them . We decided to use English. First we bought some Rambutan. One of our groupmates volunteered to do it. At first, the vendor was a bit confuse about what was he was saying. In the end the vendor use sign language in order to understand. Since we need to buy a product in very low price, it became so hard for us to negotiate with them. They tend to refuse...

English: It's position in the global arena

...In conclusion, the position of English within higher education can be thought of as a useful one. It came about due to the specific historical and political factors unique to English. It just so happened that most of the mathematical, scientific and technological notation is based largely in English (for example, the development of the internet was an American innovation). It also just so happened that the notion of capitalism and big business is also closely associated with English. Equally, th...

Reaction The Film And Your Name Is Jonah

...Even speech therapy failed. With all these signs of defeat, I felt very frustrated with Jonah’s parents. Sign Language is the obvious answer. If your child cannot communicate with you and clearly sign language is the best option then learn and teach your child. It was the obvious choice that would help better communicate a parent with their child. If ASL was taught sooner to Jonah there wouldn’t have been situations in the movie where communication was essential. For example, when Jonah was ...

Ways to Improve Your English

...Listen to English music. Even listening to music while doing something else can help a little for things like getting used to the natural rhythm and tone of English speech, although the more time and attention you give to a song the more you will learn from listening to it again in the future. Read the whole thing with no help. Although using a dictionary has been shown to help with both short term and long term learning of vocabulary, the fact that using it slows reading down can stop some peop...

A Comparison of Vietnamese and American Writing-Pedagogy

...The topics are about what happens in daily life. In these essays, a student writes his/her own opinion, what he/she sees and thinks. Because their English is limited, students rarely do research in the language or make many quotations. Students aren’t usually acquainted with MLA/APA styles, and teachers focus mostly on grammar errors. In order for students to practice writing, the teacher gives writing assignments for them to write at home. Then the teacher will ask a student to write the assi...

English as a World Language

...means of unifying the whole world it’s spoken by 8 mln people all over the world. It’s taught at schools in China, Hungary and Yugoslavia. There are some advantages of Esperanto as a 2nd language. -It’s easier to learn (Esperanto has 16 rules and no exeptions). -It’s a neutral language. It has no political or cultural bias. -It saves money because 55% of expenses in all international organizations are spent on interpreters and translators. But nevertheless English which began 1500 years ...

Animala and Human Language

...In animal communication vocal signals have a stock of sounds which vary according to species. cow, for example, has ten, a chicken has around twenty, and a fox over thirty. Human language works rather differently. Each language has a stock of sound units or phonemes, the average number is between 30 to 40.But each phoneme is normally meaningless in isolation. It become meaningful only when it is combined with other phonemes. That is, the sounds such as f, g, d, o mean nothing separately. The nor...

Developing language skills

...1. Berliner, D. C. (1987). Ways of thinking about students and classrooms by more and less experienced teachers. In J. Calderhead (Ed.), Exploring teachers’ thinking (pp. 60-83). London: Cassell. 2. Chen, Y.(2007). Learning to learn: the impact of strategy training. ELT Journal, 61 (1), 20-29. 3. Gabrielatos, C. (2002). EFL writing: product and process. Retrieved on 25 August. 2010 from 4. Funiber, Methodologies and Approaches. Developing Language Skills in the Classroom. 5. Gardner, A., &...

Syllabus for English Language Proficiency

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High School Student

...INTASC Principle 3: Adapting Instruction The purpose of this activity is to introduce you to the cultural diversity in an area where you might teach. Contact the State Office of Education in a state where you’re thinking of teaching (addresses and Web sites can be found in Appendix B). Or contact a district in which you might teach (school district telephone numbers can be found in the White Pages of the telephone directory, in the Business Section under “Schools”). Ask for demographic inf...

Full Mc Script

...Let’s clap our hands once again for the fascinating performance. Sadly enough, we have now come to the end of our ceremony, but before we end, it is our hope that all students and teachers will participate actively in all the organized activities. Please refer to the class notice boards and respective teachers for further enquiries. Certificates and attractive prizes await all the lucky winners. Let us all hope that this year’s Language Month Programme will be a successful and most remembere...

Love is a Disease: An Explication of Sonnet 147

...Shakespeare clearly sums up in fourteen lines that a sexual appetite is a dangerous entity. The persona reveals his transition of arguments filling his head, sexual appetites verses love, desire versus reason, and desire versus cure. At the end, he finally breaks down and identifies the source of his problems, the loathed dark lady. This sonnet reveals Shakespeare’s notion that women are dangerous beings. Women cause diseases because men’s sexual appetites need to be fed, however this leads ...

Tasks of contrastive lexicology

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A Different History by Sujata Bhatt Notes

...Which language has not been the oppressor’s tongue?| This rhetorical question ( a question that does not need an answer because the answer is obvious) contains the main idea of the poem - all languages have once been the language of an invader or an oppressor. | Which language Truly meant to murder someone?| The repetition ‘which language’ is another rhetorical question which does not need an answer as it is obvious that language does not intentionally kill people.| that after the torture...

English Proficiency and Academic Achievement

...Throughout the study, there are words and terms that are contextually and operationally used. This section includes clearly and concisely defined coined words and technical terms as follows: Academic Achievement. This refers to the school performance of the students through grades. Bilingualism. This term refers to the use of two languages, the first language and English, as a medium in communication. Call Center Industry. Also known as Business Process Outsourcing, this term refers to the large...

The Benefit of Code Switching

...imparted. Sert (2010) study emphasized that code switching is not always performed consciously which means the moment of code switching may be just for a function or sometimes an act of unconscious code switching due to flexibility of dual languages. I found out that when teachers unconsciously code switch, students are prompted to imitate the teachers. This can become a detrimental effect to the goal of leading the students for a desirable target language. Ideas which may contribute to the dete...

Language Study Plan

...In the world of globalization, communication has played an important role in human life. English for example has become an international language for people to communicate with each other from different country. That is the reason that I choose English as my second language. As a child, my father persuaded me to study English because he strongly believe that studying another language in young age can have a huge result and efficient effect to me when I grow up. I have been studying English for m...

Instructive Text Types

...[ 18 ]. http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1939pact.html retrieved on 18.12.2012. [ 19 ]. http://www.presedinte.md/const.php?lang=eng retrieved on 22.01.2013. [ 20 ]. http://www.moldova.org/page/declaration-of-independence-of-the-republic-of-moldova-487-eng.html retrieved on 25.01.2013. [ 21 ]. http://www.rubl.com/games/mahjong/index.html retrieved on 25.01.2013. [ 22 ]. http://www.kdingo.net/engl462group_3/index.php?t=instructions retrieved on 12.02.2013. [ 23 ]. http://www.simplyrecipes.com re...

Disadvantages of the studying abroad

...In my opinion, the educational system in our country is improving from year to year. In conclusion, everything has two sides: advantages and disadvantages. Each of us should accept that studying abroad has good sides as well as bad one. For sure many students would get over all those disadvantages but how about others who might not be able to handle all of them. It might not be good choice to study abroad for all students. They have to figure it out before they leave their country. Otherwise, th...

Me Talk Pretty One Day

...Besides that Anna is insecure in French like the rest of the class and limited in terms of vocabulary. This makes her appear more foolish than she really is because she has complications in expressing herself. That part is the most important and interesting in relation to the theme: Language is power. Another example is that people change if they feel uncomfortable and can´t communicate as much as they want to. David says: “Before beginning school, there´d be no shutting me up, but now I was...

Analyse different types of business information and their sources

...External sources of information is secondary research, for example if a business like Barclays wanted to find out information about one of their competitors such as Santander, but Santander doesn’t want to pass any information out to Barclays, Barclays would then ask a different organisation to collect as much information about Santander. Pros of secondary research is that the information already exists meaning that this will save time. Another pro is that it is usually cheaper to get secondar...


FAQ about Linguistics


❓ Why is teaching culture important in the ESL classroom

...Overall, culture should definitely be a vital part of English classes because it has enormous benefits for the students and helps them become more fluent and more knowledgeable, not only about the English language, but also about the world in general ...

❓ Why is it important to learn English?

...For instance, trade. Offering goods and services to other countries for a need in return. Without a language that is internationally recognized, trade wouldn’t have taken place. Why? No one would know how to communicate with other countries. Withou ...

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