Sunday, 20 May 2007

ENB1 Retakes

Ok, I've got some A grade answers and some advice sheets for anyone retaking - come and see me Monday if you want it!

Friday, 11 May 2007

Blair's Linguistic Legacy

This is a link to an article in the Daily Telegraph listing 100 words which weren't in use before 1997:

What I think is interesting is that there are many more than 100 words which have come into use in the last ten years - how have they chosen these? It seems to be quite politically motivated; there is a definite Telegraph readership bias evident here. It exemplifies attitudes to language change, and how that attitude can be disseminated with no coherent sentences at all. Semantically these words are just words, but pragmatically as a list they say 'Blair is bad' and 'Bring back the good old days', and 'political correctness gone mad!' (a favourite Telegraph reaction!).

Also at least some of them were in use before 1997, but they may not have been widespread. Institutional racism for one. Have a look, see what you think.


Wednesday, 9 May 2007

FAO Year 12 Lit Poetry: form and structure and other things which overlap

Okay, to clarify the issues of form and structure in poetry, or rather, not to, since as I said the other day, they do overlap in a major way and most of the places you can read about them reflect that.

In general, it seems that you will be safe in talking about the 'form' things we talked of yesterday, plus named structures or forms, such as the sonnet, or free verse etc. There are two places which have some interesting reading matter for you on the subject. One is a handout from a university:

and the other which is a blog entry written by a literature student, and has some interesting thoughts even if I wouldn't rely on it for absolute truth:

Enjoy :)

Tuesday, 8 May 2007

School for Scandal study guide - fao Year 12 lit

Ok, so the study guide is on the intranet in the public section of the English folder. Open the file marked 'Miss Elliott's Fascinating School for Scandal Study Guide Navigation Page' and you can navigate from there.

Re your cd-roms. Copy everything into one folder on your hard disk. Move the odd files into the base folders. Open the file marked 'Miss Elliott's Fascinating School for Scandal Study Guide Navigation Page' and you can navigate from there.

Otherwise you can just open a random page and navigate from there, but unless the home page/index is in the same folder it will keep being annoying at you.

Thursday, 3 May 2007

Your chance to be part of linguistic history....

The British Library are putting together a snapshot of 21st century life - marketed as a 21st century Domesday Book - and they need your help. Forward an email to them during the month of May to be part of a vast archive of email communication... Just think, in five hundred years time, English Language Students could be analysing that email that you sent asking someone else for help with your essay - cos obviously all your emails are very virtuous!

First link = BBC news article about the project. Second is the British Library press release. Go on, make history.