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Lang/Lit: Variation, Register and Representation

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Transcript of Lang/Lit: Variation, Register and Representation

Variation, Register and Representation
Definitions
With your shoulder partner, try to answer the following questions?

In linguistics, what do you think variation may mean?
And, register?
Finally, representation?
Definitions
Variation refers to differences in language use by different groups of language users.

Register refers to specific variations of a particular language.

Representation refers to the description or portrayal of someone or something in a particular way.

Task
Can you find examples of each of the following?
Variation
Register
Represenation
Context and Variation
Context
is the when, where, whom and why of any scenario.

Understanding context is vital to understanding how any situation (or text) works.

Context is, therefore, the key to understanding when, where, how and why language use varies.
Context Task
With your shoulder partner, discuss how context impacts on language choice and use. There are question prompts on the next slide to guide you.
Variation of Language
Modal variation (speech vs writing)
Diachronic variation (between different time periods)
Dialect variation (between different regional populations)
Sociolectical variation (social class or age or interest groups

Task: try to find examples for each of the above.
Questions of Context
Who is communicating?
What is the relationship between the
producer
and the
receiver
?
Where is the setting?
What is the
mode
of communication?
What is the purpose of the communication?

Now, examine the texts in front of you and try to ascertain how the context has led to the language use you see.
Re-creative Task
By changing the context, the language ought to change if it is to be effective.

Try changing the when, where, whom and why of the context and then rewrite a short part of the text appropriately.
Representation
We can choose to represent people, events, places etcetera using writing, sound and images. However, our specific choices will often say a lot about attitudes towards them.

Select a character from one of the children's books and examine their representation through writing and images to understand what the producer wants the reader to think of them.
Register
How would you describe the register of each of the texts? Try to use specific evidence in your analysis.
Re-creative Task
Now, try to reverse the representation using written communication.

Change the way it:
looks
acts
speaks (if applicable)
where it is

Be prepared to evaluate your choices.
Checkpoint
What are the key concepts we have learned in this section?
Representation of Social Groups
Examine the two extracts before you and contrast the way that the young people are represented.

How do the specific choices of representation reveal the producer's attitudes towards the represented?
Secure Your Understanding
Narrative Terms Test
Be prepared provide definitions for the terms that I call out.
Ensure that your Memrise is up-to-date.
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