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A Level English Language Investigation ideas

So I have to instigate an aspect of English Language for my coursework but I have no idea what to do. I barely scraped by on my coursework at a.s and I just cannot think of what I can do so I need some ideas. I want to do something to do with either language and gender or language change although I would prefer language and gender because I do fid it quite interesting and I can write quite a lot about it.

I have a few ideas but I don't know what I would even be looking for with them

1. compare the language used in children's science books to that of a.level ( its not language & gender but I thought it would be good).

2. A comparison of newspaper article throughout the 20th century to present day.

3. Compare the language used in war letters between men and women and also their place in authority eg war orders. I thought this would be interesting and it looks and gender and power.

4. compare the language used in poems ie. children vs adults/ men vs women/ throughout the centuries/ primary school vs gcse. ( I like the idea of looking at poems because you can look at dialect and such but I don't know what to compare specifically.

Do you have any ideas on what I could investigate and wont be too difficult for me to find evidence on. please help me I need to do really well on my course work this year
Original post by Hannahhh__4
So I have to instigate an aspect of English Language for my coursework but I have no idea what to do. I barely scraped by on my coursework at a.s and I just cannot think of what I can do so I need some ideas. I want to do something to do with either language and gender or language change although I would prefer language and gender because I do fid it quite interesting and I can write quite a lot about it.

I have a few ideas but I don't know what I would even be looking for with them

1. compare the language used in children's science books to that of a.level ( its not language & gender but I thought it would be good).

2. A comparison of newspaper article throughout the 20th century to present day.

3. Compare the language used in war letters between men and women and also their place in authority eg war orders. I thought this would be interesting and it looks and gender and power.

4. compare the language used in poems ie. children vs adults/ men vs women/ throughout the centuries/ primary school vs gcse. ( I like the idea of looking at poems because you can look at dialect and such but I don't know what to compare specifically.

Do you have any ideas on what I could investigate and wont be too difficult for me to find evidence on. please help me I need to do really well on my course work this year


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Original post by Hannahhh__4
So I have to instigate an aspect of English Language for my coursework but I have no idea what to do. I barely scraped by on my coursework at a.s and I just cannot think of what I can do so I need some ideas. I want to do something to do with either language and gender or language change although I would prefer language and gender because I do fid it quite interesting and I can write quite a lot about it.

I have a few ideas but I don't know what I would even be looking for with them

1. compare the language used in children's science books to that of a.level ( its not language & gender but I thought it would be good).

2. A comparison of newspaper article throughout the 20th century to present day.

3. Compare the language used in war letters between men and women and also their place in authority eg war orders. I thought this would be interesting and it looks and gender and power.

4. compare the language used in poems ie. children vs adults/ men vs women/ throughout the centuries/ primary school vs gcse. ( I like the idea of looking at poems because you can look at dialect and such but I don't know what to compare specifically.

Do you have any ideas on what I could investigate and wont be too difficult for me to find evidence on. please help me I need to do really well on my course work this year


1. I think that's too impractical. Your data would be fine. But finding linguistic research to support your findings will be almost impossible without some GOOD resources, usually only seen at uni.

2. I like it, there is not a problem with that.

3. Again, absolutely fine. Maybe you should alter it, maybe compare letters from WW1 to WW2 or a later war instead? Language would have changed dramatically between those times, would you agree?

4. Poems, I really wouldn't recommend this. For me, it's too literary rather than linguistics. Why not just look at how interaction is between child and adult as school/nursery to that of when they are at home?

I looked at swearing between genders and how they use swearing in conversation. I got a high A. Was difficult (I used Celebrity Big Brother 2013 the one with Dappy and Luke from the boyband Blue?) But yeah, it was hard to find research.. Had to read a WHOLE dissertation over the Christmas Holidays. Used what they found into my investigation, plus other linguistic approach and also some psychologists too.
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👍very detailed and thorough answer
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Original post by Hannahhh__4
So I have to instigate an aspect of English Language for my coursework but I have no idea what to do. I barely scraped by on my coursework at a.s and I just cannot think of what I can do so I need some ideas. I want to do something to do with either language and gender or language change although I would prefer language and gender because I do fid it quite interesting and I can write quite a lot about it.

I have a few ideas but I don't know what I would even be looking for with them

1. compare the language used in children's science books to that of a.level ( its not language & gender but I thought it would be good).

2. A comparison of newspaper article throughout the 20th century to present day.

3. Compare the language used in war letters between men and women and also their place in authority eg war orders. I thought this would be interesting and it looks and gender and power.

4. compare the language used in poems ie. children vs adults/ men vs women/ throughout the centuries/ primary school vs gcse. ( I like the idea of looking at poems because you can look at dialect and such but I don't know what to compare specifically.

Do you have any ideas on what I could investigate and wont be too difficult for me to find evidence on. please help me I need to do really well on my course work this year
ive just realised this post is 9 years old thats crazy

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