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A Semantic Analysis of the Word Fire (716 words, 3 pages)
If you play with fire, you're going to get burned. Fire originated fromthe Old English noun fyr and verb fyrian which meant a supply ofmaterial for burning. It stemmed off the Western Germanic word feuer andthe Dutch expression vuur, meaning heat and light. Today in the UnitedStates there are numerous ... Read More
Analysis of an Introduction to Sociolinguistics (682 words, 2 pages)
Chapter five in An Indroduction to Sociolinguistics describes the longstanding dilemma of defining the term speech community as a social construct. Many linguists believe that without first having the knowledge of what community a speaker belongs to, one may not fully understand their language behavior. Therefore, sociolinguists have focused their ... Read More
Linguistic Account of Understanding Socratic Search for Definitions (2003 words, 5 pages)
Background A problem for the Socratic search for definitions how do you know when a definition is correct? You have to (at least) understand the definition, i.e., you have to understand the terms in the definiens. But how do you do that? By understanding their definitions? This leads to either ... Read More
The Changes in the Names, Pronunciation, and Writting Style of Sports and Games Terms in the English Language (604 words, 1 pages)
Present days English language has changed in many ways in the past 350 to 1600 years. The way words are pronounciated and written have changed the most. I have chosen the subjects of sports and games because both have altered in both of these manners. By looking at the words ... Read More
An Analysis of Clean-Cut Issue of Capital Punishment (780 words, 1 pages)
The not so Clean-Cut Issue of Capital Punishment Former Mayor of New York, Ed Koch, writes about a New York man who while serving four life sentences in a New York prison for murder, effectively lured a woman corrections officer into an office where he then strangled her and mutilated ... Read More
An Analysis of Swear Words as Taboo in the English Language (574 words, 1 pages)
Fuck! Is that offensive to you? Why is the word censored such a taboo word in the English language as opposed to its definition of copulation? It would seem to make sense that if a word is offensive its meaning would be twice that. Strangely, sex is not an offensive ... Read More
The Meaning and Significance of the Word Feminist in the Article What's in a Name (889 words, 1 pages)
In the Article "What's In A Name", the meaning and significance of the word feminist is discussed. Writers of activists of feminism are analyzed and quoted to explore a conclusion to the depth, meaning, and truth of the word "feminism". This article goes beyond the simple term to conclude through ... Read More
An Analysis of Conflict in Canada Between the People Who Speak French and English (953 words, 2 pages)
The conflict in Canada between the people who speak French and those who speak English can trace its roots to Colonial times. Since Canada was originally a French colony, the majority of the people originally spoke French. In 1760, during the French Indian War, England gained control of Canada. This ... Read More
An Analysis and the Definition of the Word 'Mad' (606 words, 1 pages)
Mad As the generations progress throughout the years, words also progress into different meanings. As I began to think of a word that would fit into this schema, I listened to myself, and others around me talk in conversations. After much debate, I decided to use the word mad as ... Read More
The Evolution the English Language Over 1500 Years (1206 words, 4 pages)
Although the English language is only 1500 years old, it has evolved at an incredible rate so much so, that, at first glance, the average person in America today would find most Shakespearean literature confusing without the aid of an Old-English dictionary or Cliff's Notes. Yet Shakespear lived just 300 ... Read More
The History of the Intolerance of Linguistic Diversity in American Schools (1753 words, 3 pages)
Today schools throughout the United States have to deal with a growing number of students speaking different languages. The need of educational reform has prompted a great deal of debate among educators and policymakers. Bilingual education system was first introduced in the 60-th as an alternative way to solve social ... Read More
Soultalking in Comedy (318 words, 1 pages)
One of the biggest evidence that shows that Spoken Soul (Ebonics)is thriving well is its use among black comedians. Black comedians use Spoken Soul to enrich their comic routines and use it in contrast with Standard English. Black comedy has been recognized since 1893, with Bert Williams and the 2 ... Read More
The Black English (1816 words, 3 pages)
Ebonics is the name given to what linguists refer to as BE (Black English) or African American Vernacular English1. Black English has been around since the time of slavery and the slave trade in the United States. It is a mixture of West African languages (such as Ibo, Yoruba, and ... Read More
Ethnic and Linguistic Canada (1504 words, 2 pages)
Ethnic and Linguistic Canada Canada has long struggled with issues of ethnicity and linguistics as the nation's large French-speaking minority struggles to maintain its linguistic and cultural heritage. However, the French-speaking Canadians are not the only political players north of the border, and as Canada becomes increasingly diverse, its politics ... Read More
An Essay on Cohesion in Written Discourse in the English Language (625 words, 2 pages)
Cohesion, according to Shi(2004), is ' the network of lexical, grammatical, and other relations which link various parts of text' (pp.1). These relations link sentences together and require us to understand there meanings by looking at other words or phrases in other sentences. Halliday and Hasan (1976) have identified a ... Read More
Mixing, Matching and Creating Your Own Latin Word is Fun (664 words, 1 pages)
When given an assignment to make-up a word for a Latin Elements class, one would think that the assignment could be very stressful. When sitting down and trying to accomplish it, you can see it is fun and enjoyable. The word Propassible is a word that you will not see ... Read More
A Biography of the Brothers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm (1184 words, 2 pages)
The brothers Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm are absolutely a pair that has shaken the world and thus this dynamic partnership rightfully belongs among the one thousand most influential people of these last one thousand years. Jakob and Wilhelm Grimm were simply two close brothers growing up in a small town ... Read More
A Response to the Article On the Adult's Ability to Acquire Phonology (946 words, 2 pages)
On the Adult's Ability to Acquire Phonology Gerald G. Neufeld In writing a title should follow one of these strategies 1.Name a general subject, followed by a colon and a phrase that renames the subject. 2.Name a general subject and narrow it with a prepositional phrase. 3.Name a general subject ... Read More
A Review of Course in General Linguistics by Ferdinand de Saussure (1034 words, 2 pages)
THE STRUCTURALISTS After the 19th century Historicism (which mainly studied the evolution of languages (a new linguistic point of view was brought by the Swiss linguist Ferdinand de Saussure with his work Course in general Linguistics (1916) Saussure turned those historical explanations of linguistic phenomena and language evolution (diachronic studies) ... Read More
A B-Boy Breakin' Moves Dictionary (1557 words, 6 pages)
B-Boy Breakin Moves Dictionary AIRPLANES Form of a windmills with your arms spread out straight to the sides as high as you can get them. AIRSWIPES You start with both hands and feet on the ground, facing upwards. Then you kick your legs up with your weight on one arm ... Read More
Different Techniques of Error Correction in Writing and Speaking (2807 words, 7 pages)
ERROR CORRECTION 2 INTRODUCTION 2 What is error correction and why is it an important task? 2 ERROR CORRECTION IN WRITING 2 DISCUSSING THE ADVANTAGES AND DIS-ADVANTAGES OF DIFFERENT TECHNIQUES IN CORRECTING WRITTEN MISTAKES 2 Correction 3 Controlled-correction 4 Guided correction 5 One-to-one correction 6 Writing a letter 7 Peer ... Read More
An Outline for a Lesson the Long A (A-E) Sound (327 words, 2 pages)
Name Title of Lesson The long a (a-e) sound Grade Level k-1 Content Knowledge The students will be taught about the phonic sound of the long a (a-e). The students will be read a story focusing on the sounds of a (a-e). Rationale The student will need to know the ... Read More
An Analysis of the Changing Use of Language and the Origins of the Term 'Computer' (862 words, 2 pages)
Changing Use of Language I chose to find the entomology of a word that most people can usually not go through a day without using at least once, computer. With the explosion of the personal computer in the last ten years, most households in America own at least one. However, ... Read More
The Different Meanings of the Creole and Its Use in the 16th Century (1319 words, 2 pages)
What is a Creole? The word Creole means many things to many people. It derives from the Latin word Creare, meaning to beget or create. The Webster dictionary says a Creole is a white person descended from the French or Spanish settlers of Louisiana and the Gulf States and preserving ... Read More
The Use and Meaning of Common English Words Back in the Year 1000 A.D (512 words, 1 pages)
If one could find a word in the English language to be more strangely and oddly used than bitch, please let me know as soon as possible. Encompassing meanings that date back from the year 1000 A.D., it has been used to describe totally unrelated things. How did society manage ... Read More
A Speech Analysis of a Four Year Old Child (806 words, 1 pages)
Speech Analysis- The language sample that was analyzed was taken from a child 4 years and 11 months old. The recording took place in the childs bedroom, and I was the only other person present. The sample analysis is based on approximately 15 minutes of speech or 50 utterances. After ... Read More
Critical Thinking Is Crucial to Global Success and Competitiveness (594 words, 1 pages)
Critical Thinking Crucial to Global Success The article examines the current language teaching methods and techniques used in Indonesian schools. The author states "that many have suggested the current language education curriculum from elementary school up to college needs to be completely overhauled" (Alwasilah, 2002). The author suggests "the current ... Read More
The Use of Polite Language in Todays Society (1074 words, 2 pages)
Polite language is used to create social distance and to avoid offending, or appearing rude towards, others. The level of polite language used is determined according to the Principle of Appropriateness it depends on how much social distance exists between the interlocutors, the formality of the situation, how the power ... Read More
A Discussion on Translation and Its Aspects (1829 words, 3 pages)
Translation according to Newmark (1988 5) 'is rendering the meaning of a text into another language in the way that the author intended the text'. Thus it can be said that the translator is the mailman of human thought as he is delivering to us information and literature, that we ... Read More
Greek Writers Mastered the Art of Rhetorical Schemes (721 words, 1 pages)
Rhetoric and Rhetorical Schemes The definition of rhetoric is as simple as the art of persuasion, but what makes rhetoric effective is the way it is applied. In order to use rhetoric in writing and in speech, the meaning of rhetoric and its purpose must be clearly understood. Rhetoric involves ... Read More
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