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Spoken Language essay plan

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COLIN FORREST-CHARDE

on 15 October 2012

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Transcript of Spoken Language essay plan

Explore different social attitudes to the ways digital communications are affecting language. Outline the focus of your investigation:
•Come up with three or four key ideas about the nature of texting and twitter and how they affect language

•Introduce the tweets/text conversation you will be using in this analysis (age of people involved/location/topic)
Introduction What does the tweeters’/texters’ choice of words show? Think about:
•Standard English
•Slang
•Idiolect/sociolect
•Swearing
•Initialism
•Deletion
•Letter Homophones
•Number homophones

Link these to the attitudes that people have towards them – negative and positive and then come to your own conclusion.
Analysis: Vocabulary Are the speakers fluent or hesitant and what does that show? Consider the fact that texting and tweeting is planned out before it is published. Think about the use of:
•Repetition
•Fillers
•Spelling errors
•Inappropriate content (freedom of speech) – link this to real life cases

Link these to the attitudes that people have towards them – negative and positive and then come to your own conclusion.
Analysis: Fluency Explore different social attitudes to the ways digital communications are affecting language. How do the tweeters/texters use paralinguistic features? Think about:
•Emoticons
•Emphasis on words(perhaps using capital letters or italics)

Link these to the attitudes that people have towards them – negative and positive and then come to your own conclusion.
Analysis: Paralinguistic Features Analysis: Interaction How do people make a tweet/text message work well or how do they dominate a conversation? Think about:
•Turn-taking
•Interruptions
•Adjacency pairs
•Retweeting
•@ tweets
•Hashtag usage

Link these to the attitudes that people have towards them – negative and positive and then come to your own conclusion.



Explore the attitudes towards texting/tweeting in slang and how this effects speakers/texters attitudes. Think about:
• Opinions in favour of language change – reference other people
• Opinions against language change – reference other people
• Include survey data that you have collected
• Come to your own conclusion
Analysis: Attitudes Conclusion Evaluate the findings of your analysis:
•How does text messaging and twitter differ to other types of communication (written and spoken)?
•Why is this the case?
•Relate your findings to your own experiences of tweeting and texting.
•How useful has this study been in helping you to think about the nature of language and language change?
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