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Anybody have this exam tomorrow? I'm pretty nervous as I'm still learning some new theories (as the teacher I had during the first part of the year didn't teach us any :hmpf: ) but I think I'm not too nervous. I just hope they don't give us any Language study (legal language etc.) because our teacher hasn't taught us that, and said it'd be very unlikely to come up in this year's exam paper. I'll be screwed if it does :rolleyes:
When are your exam times? Ours starts at 1.30pm. Good luck everybody taking this exam!
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I have this too! My teacher has taught us ONE theory, William Labov's Martha's Vineyard. Seriosuly our teacher is so bad! He was like "Oh, it doesn't even matter if they're correct, just aslong as you refer to it." :rolleyes: Spoke to someone else in my year today though and they were like "Theories?! :eek: "
" I'm not even sure if I'm doing accents and dialects/ language and technology or accents and dialects/ Language and power!!!! I have a feeling it is lang. and power. :confused:
My exam starts at 1;30 pm too. What other theories have you learnt?
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Im not sure about theories but I definately know some research,

Trudgill's Norwich reseach which found that the majority of the lower classes drop the 'g' on the end of 'ing' to become "fishin' "

Also some research conducted on aitch dropping which showed that 93% of lower class people dropped there 'h' 's on words eg " 'ello " as apposed to only 12% of people in upper middle class

Case study printed in the Sun where a guy called Mark Chippendale didnt get a job because he pronounced his "th" 's as "f" so "thirteen" became "firteen", this shows how people stereotype accents.

Printed in "The last word" Tony Blair converges towards regional dialects as he moves round the country campaigning to fit in with people.

Language and Technology

Brenda Danet's research on what makes a good web page

I think im going to answer language and technology and accent and dialect. Im not sure if they count as threories but they are certainly worth including to show wider reading
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We only did a couple of theories, mainly involved articles by David Crystal, research carried out by the University of Wellington in New Zealand (language and occupation stuff), Grice :rolleyes:, Robin Lakoff. I've also got some things from Time, Space and television commentary by Stephanie Marriott.

I'm going to do language and technology and language and occupation, because we've covered more on those.
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I was given a past paper, which was like "How does the text reflect the attitudes and values within nursing?" Does this mean like if it uses elevated lexis (OoOh technical!) then it's show it was a highly professional job?
Is that what it's asking me for, because I'm not really getting what the examiners are after. *freaking out*

tomdav Thankyou soooo much for them! Some rep coming your way. I have stuck them to my wall and am now trying to remember them! xx
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(Original post by pianist)

I'm going to do language and technology and language and occupation, because we've covered more on those.
What questions do we have to pick from?
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(Original post by lazydays)
I was given a past paper, which was like "How does the text reflect the attitudes and values within nursing?" Does this mean like if it uses elevated lexis (OoOh technical!) then it's show it was a highly professional job?
Is that what it's asking me for, because I'm not really getting what the examiners are after. *freaking out*

tomdav Thankyou soooo much for them! Some rep coming your way. I have stuck them to my wall and am now trying to remember them! xx
Was it a transcript or written text? The questions are basically just asking you to analyse the language, focusing on the pragmatics related to nursing. Just use as much frameworks as possible in your analysis, and lexis is important because of the semantic field of nursing (and subject specific lexis). If it's a leaflet of some sort, you can talk about insider to outsider language and purpose, convergence etc.
Just remember to use the frameworks, use as much technical terms as you can, and always link back to audience, purpose and context!
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What questions do we have to pick from?
Paper 1
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a) Grouping texts together - just looking at the different ways you can group texts according to different features.
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b) Analyse texts - They give you a choice of texts to analyse. Read the question carefully because they may ask you to choose either A or B, not A and B etc.

Paper 2

1 Accent and Dialect
2 Language and Occupation
3 Language and Technology

You have to do all the options on paper 1, and choose 2 essays from paper 2.


Hope I've helped
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the timing is really tight for them I find. Good luck on them.

How was your coursework?
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You have!
I'm now going through my folder, writing stuff under the headings Occupation, dialect, and technology to refresh my memory. (Or in some cases just learn it!) Am gonna tackle more theories after Corrie.
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(Original post by lazydays)
I have this too! My teacher has taught us ONE theory, William Labov's Martha's Vineyard. Seriosuly our teacher is so bad! He was like "Oh, it doesn't even matter if they're correct, just aslong as you refer to it." :rolleyes: Spoke to someone else in my year today though and they were like "Theories?! :eek: "
Oh dear. I missed those lessons. We were preparing a presentation and I missed my bus to the school I go to for English Language (Not my own)

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Trudgill's Norwich reseach which found that the majority of the lower classes drop the 'g' on the end of 'ing' to become "fishin' "

Also some research conducted on aitch dropping which showed that 93% of lower class people dropped there 'h' 's on words eg " 'ello " as apposed to only 12% of people in upper middle class

Case study printed in the Sun where a guy called Mark Chippendale didnt get a job because he pronounced his "th" 's as "f" so "thirteen" became "firteen", this shows how people stereotype accents.

Printed in "The last word" Tony Blair converges towards regional dialects as he moves round the country campaigning to fit in with people.

Language and Technology

Brenda Danet's research on what makes a good web page

I think im going to answer language and technology and accent and dialect. Im not sure if they count as threories but they are certainly worth including to show wider reading
You are now my God.
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Yes! I'm just trying to remember "Mark Chippendale" now. If i can't then I might just have to give a really general answer.
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I am considering winging it. I just need to learn a few more technical terms and I should be okay.
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YO i did the tech and occupation question. but am reali owrried nw. i used the drew and heragtice theory for the occupation question is that worng, along wit the grices maxims. i tlked about feild speci lang of gym and excersie. also about delactives, interragatives and imprative sentances

i also tlked about initalism in the technonlogy qustion along wit the charecters are limited so shortning of words and voul deletion. tlked about emotocons and the use of "x" as emotion. also tlked about how text D was done in a rush wit tlkin to her aunti and she amde a mistake sayin "wed" insead of "bed". tlked about sematic feild of arnagments in all the text.

HELP please say i am along thw right lines please
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YO i did the tech and occupation question. but am reali worried nw. i used the drew and hertige theory for the occupation question is that wrong????, along wit the grices maxims. i tlked about feild specific lang of gym and excersie. also about declaratives, interragatives and imprative sentances

i also tlked about initalism in the technonlogy qustion along wit the charecters are limited so shortning of words and voul deletion. tlked about emotocons and the use of "x" "!" as emotion. also tlked about how text D was done in a rush wit tlkin to her aunti and she amde a mistake sayin "wed" insead of "bed". tlked about sematic feild of arnagments in all the text.

HELP please say i am along the right lines please
HELP
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Originally Posted by jiteshpatel
YO i did the tech and occupation question. but am reali worried nw. i used the drew and hertige theory for the occupation question is that wrong????, along wit the grices maxims. i tlked about feild specific lang of gym and excersie. also about declaratives, interragatives and imprative sentances

i also tlked about initalism in the technonlogy qustion along wit the charecters are limited so shortning of words and voul deletion. tlked about emotocons and the use of "x" "!" as emotion. also tlked about how text D was done in a rush wit tlkin to her aunti and she amde a mistake sayin "wed" insead of "bed". tlked about sematic feild of arnagments in all the text.

HELP please say i am along the right lines please
I did the Accent and Dialect question which wasnt really hard but there was barely anything to talk about.

As the lanuage and tech I talked about;

Initialisms, contractions, substitution, the medium of text messages, Xerox scientist theory, Tim Shortist theory, all the audience and purpose stuff, acronyms, phonology. I think thats about all lol.

So in comparison with what I wrote I would say your on the right lines
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Man. I forgot some technical terms and when to use them. I also forgot to use studies such as Grice's Maxims, I spent most of the exam making up bull hoping for the best.

For the language and tech question, I followed most of the things tomdav and jiteshpatel did, although I did not use the two theories and little on audience and phonology. I forgot to use semantic fields as I had been doing throughout and other terms such as lexis.

How many pages did you write? I know quality is better than quantity, but I'm still curious as to how much you guys did.

Not only that, my left hand kills, it started aching ten minutes into the first exam.
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i used one exta page, not sure how many that is...
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Damn, I did tech and occupation questions. I feel like banging my head against the wall about the tech one, as I used an article called Time, Space, television commentary, which had nothing to do with text language! Damn! I used that twice as well...
I did use however, the New Zealand University research for the occupation question, and how he used modals, "we" etc. to soften directives.

On the first paper, I did about 4 pages, and on the 2nd paper I did 6 pages.
If I only I could travel back in time. I also had the shakes and the need for the toilet during the first exam after the intake of 7 or so cups of tea and coffee.

I did the opposite in pages. 6 on the first (I think) and 4 on the second.

Does anybody else have an aching hand?

i used one exta page, not sure how many that is...
That's like 8 or 13 depending on which one you did the extra page. Well, that's if you used the 8 and 12 page booklets like we did.
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I don't know how you can all write so much!!
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