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Question: 'Variable forms are difficult to acquire'. Discuss.

Answer: Until the late 1960’s it was still the largely subscribed view that children’s language acquisition was, on the main part, innate and...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 1579
  • Date submitted: February 09, 2008
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2978

Question: Assess the differences, merits, limitations, and of Hofstede’s dimensional model for the analysis of cultures, Hall’s High Culture-Low Culture theory and Collier’s Cultural Identity Theory.

Answer: This assignment assesses the relative merits and differences between three theories for understanding cultural differences. The assignment deals, in sections one and...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 2137
  • Date submitted: October 15, 2009
  • Date written: June, 2005
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2212

Question: Why is rhythm an important, even if relatively under researched, aspect of English pronunciation?

Answer: Rhythm is a constant feature in the pronunciation of English, even if the amount of rhythm varies. This paper intends to address...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 66%
  • Words: 1650
  • Date submitted: July 14, 2009
  • Date written: November, 2006
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1913

Question: At various points in the ‘Cours de linguistique’, Saussure draws a comparison between language and the game of Chess. What aspects of language (and which of the Saussurean dichotomies) does this analogy serve to highlight?

What kinds of games other than Chess can be used to illustrate aspects of language use?

Answer: Ferdinand de Saussure, born in 1857, was a pioneer of ‘present-day’ linguistics. During his lifetime, he left behind standard ways of thinking...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 65%
  • Words: 1637
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: November, 2003
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1902

Question: Discuss the notions of polysemy and hyponymy and their importance for the study of word meaning.

Answer: As a part of linguistics semantics deals with meaning in language. It is often taken for granted that linguistic units studied in...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 65%
  • Words: 2345
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1890

Question: To what extent is pragmatics a part of semantics?

Answer: The aim of this paper is to determine to what extent pragmatics is a part of semantics. I will look at the...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 2267
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: April, 2004
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1907

Question: How do sociolinguists use the concepts of ‘social networks’ and ‘communities of practice’ to explain aspects of linguistic behaviour? Discuss the usefulness of these terms with reference to examples from the course and from your own experience.

Answer: Language networks are always social networks. Language is not an entity existing without a user. The social network approach and communities of...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 1613
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1901

Question: Outline and evaluate Chomsky’s approach to language acquisition.

Answer: Noam Chomsky, born in 1928 in Philadelphia, is the most influential figure in the field of linguistics. He is also highly regarded...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 64%
  • Words: 1869
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1884

Question: WHAT IS A PREPOSITION?

Answer: We use prepositions every day in both written and spoken language and we don´t think about it much. Prepositions are a neccessary...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 63%
  • Words: 1778
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1893

Question: 1. Explain synonymy using a minimum of two sources.
2. Comment on which of the sources used you found least, or most, useful and why. In particular you might comment on any ambiguities or contradictions in the explanations.

Answer: The word ‘synonym’ is formed from the Greek words ‘same’ and ‘name’. In basic terms, when two or more phonologically different expressions...


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  • Subject: English Language
  • Course: Linguistics
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 62%
  • Words: 1120
  • Date submitted: July 13, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 1880

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