A-Level Edexcel English Language (Language Variation) - 14th June

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How's everyone feeling about tomorrow's exam and what last minute revision have you done?
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How's everyone feeling about tomorrow's exam and what last minute revision have you done?
Focusing mainly on historical factors, so relevant dates, as well as some theories for both variation over time and individual variation, like Goffman, Bernstein, Brown/Levison, Grice etc. You?
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Focusing mainly on historical factors, so relevant dates, as well as some theories for both variation over time and individual variation, like Goffman, Bernstein, Brown/Levison, Grice etc. You?
Same for me, trying to make sure I remember and bring in dates for the context, as well as theory. Also making sure I make use of some more advanced terminology like possessive in front of the gerund, subjunctive, etc.

Feeling more confident about language change than individual variation. I struggle to find as much to write about on individual variation questions for some reason
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Same for me, trying to make sure I remember and bring in dates for the context, as well as theory. Also making sure I make use of some more advanced terminology like possessive in front of the gerund, subjunctive, etc.

Feeling more confident about language change than individual variation. I struggle to find as much to write about on individual variation questions for some reason
Yeah, I feel. Individual variation seems to be a lot more generic and harder to imagine what you'd be talking about, whereas there seems to be a more clear structure/requirements for what you need to talk about in variation over time. How do you plan to structure your essays?

Out of interest - what topic are you doing for the investigating language unit?
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Yeah, I feel. Individual variation seems to be a lot more generic and harder to imagine what you'd be talking about, whereas there seems to be a more clear structure/requirements for what you need to talk about in variation over time. How do you plan to structure your essays?

Out of interest - what topic are you doing for the investigating language unit?
Exactly! And the generic structure I'm going for is:

- Introduction - Mode, Field, Function, Audience and perhaps a bit of context e.g. dates
- Lexis - High/low frequency, elevated, taboo, specialist, archaic, effusive
- Semantics - Amelioration/pejoration, broadening/narrowing, mitigation
- Spelling - Deviant/standard, bringing in neologisms
- Grammar - Possessive in front of gerund, subjunctive, active/passive, phrasal/latinate/modal verbs
- (Graphology, if it's published) - Logos, drawings, layout, etc.
- (Discourse, if enough features can be found) - Spontaneous speech, intonation, etc.

And for investigating language I'm doing children's advertising, not sure what the formal topic name was I have my essay written, just need to learn it.
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How did everyone find it? I thought the individual variation texts were nice but the variation over time texts were quite hard, also could have done with more time towards the end.
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How did everyone find it? I thought the individual variation texts were nice but the variation over time texts were quite hard, also could have done with more time towards the end.
Honestly, I thought it was a great exam, felt it went really well For me it was the other way round, I felt there was a lot more to analyse in the variation over time texts compared to individual variation texts.
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Hey, hope everyone's revision is going well.

Does anyone have any predictions for the Child Language exam - whether it will be a spoken or written text?

My teacher once mentioned that Edexcel likes to include at least one spoken text across the papers and they've already covered that in Language Diversity so my guess would be written but just a hunch.

And out of interest does anyone have any preferences? I think I'd prefer spoken tbh as I usually find them more 'meaty' lol and it's easier to bring in theories like Chomsky/Skinner.
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(Original post by jamesgrimshaw)
Exactly! And the generic structure I'm going for is:

- Introduction - Mode, Field, Function, Audience and perhaps a bit of context e.g. dates
- Lexis - High/low frequency, elevated, taboo, specialist, archaic, effusive
- Semantics - Amelioration/pejoration, broadening/narrowing, mitigation
- Spelling - Deviant/standard, bringing in neologisms
- Grammar - Possessive in front of gerund, subjunctive, active/passive, phrasal/latinate/modal verbs
- (Graphology, if it's published) - Logos, drawings, layout, etc.
- (Discourse, if enough features can be found) - Spontaneous speech, intonation, etc.

And for investigating language I'm doing children's advertising, not sure what the formal topic name was I have my essay written, just need to learn it.
Hi, what have you included in your investigation essay please? I feel like I have researched unrelated content for the exam and I'm worried I don't have enough so I am trying to see what others have researched for it. Thanks
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Hi, what have you included in your investigation essay please? I feel like I have researched unrelated content for the exam and I'm worried I don't have enough so I am trying to see what others have researched for it. Thanks
I did an essay on Children's advertising :-) I'm just revising what I've written for tomorrow. I included tons of examples on the adverts I'd watched and analysed them all for the types of language used in them etc.
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I did an essay on Children's advertising :-) I'm just revising what I've written for tomorrow. I included tons of examples on the adverts I'd watched and analysed them all for the types of language used in them etc.
I'm doing the same section as you, I've planned my essay but I don't feel it's strong enough, any advice
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I'm doing the same section as you, I've planned my essay but I don't feel it's strong enough, any advice
Like advice with layout and content
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I did an essay on Children's advertising :-) I'm just revising what I've written for tomorrow. I included tons of examples on the adverts I'd watched and analysed them all for the types of language used in them etc.
I am doing Children's advertising too and have analysed adverts but don't know if I am including the right stuff, so have you said things like tag questions, sentence types and different verbs/nouns etc?
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Descriptive/empty adjectives, concrete/abstract nouns, dynamic/stative verbs, other terminology such as field-specific lexis, question types, etc. you get the drift :-) you sound like you've included the right stuff.

Also bring in gender theory, Tannen, Fishman, etc.

@MichaelDrums

What I've done is a general introduction with what I'm going to be looking at, then a paragraph on an overview of my research;

Then for adjectives, nouns and verbs I did a paragraph on a boy and girl targeted ad from 1970-1990, then a paragraph on a boy and girl targeted ad from 2000-modern day. So 6 paragraphs.

Then an conclusion, but you'll want to write this in the actual exam, linking back to the specific question/quote they give you.
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Sarah_1708

Descriptive/empty adjectives, concrete/abstract nouns, dynamic/stative verbs, other terminology such as field-specific lexis, question types, etc. you get the drift :-) you sound like you've included the right stuff.

Also bring in gender theory, Tannen, Fishman, etc.

@MichaelDrums

What I've done is a general introduction with what I'm going to be looking at, then a paragraph on an overview of my research;

Then for adjectives, nouns and verbs I did a paragraph on a boy and girl targeted ad from 1970-1990, then a paragraph on a boy and girl targeted ad from 2000-modern day. So 6 paragraphs.

Then an conclusion, but you'll want to write this in the actual exam, linking back to the specific question/quote they give you.
That's cool, thanks for this
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