- Subject(s):English Language
- Author(s):Dan Clayton
- Available from: February 2018
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Attitudes to Language is an introduction to the facts and fallacies behind our beliefs about ‘good English’. It is suitable for advanced level students and beyond. Written with input from the Cambridge English Corpus, it looks at contemporary attitudes to language, the role of technology, language variation – such as accents and dialects – and frameworks for analysing how people use language to discuss language. Using activities to explain analysis methods, this book guides students through modern issues and concepts. It summarises key concerns and modern findings, while providing inspiration for language investigations and non-examined assessments (NEAs) with research suggestions.
Instruction in analysis techniques and research methodology, as well as examples of academic writing at an accessible level, give students models to follow for their own work.
Short activities and exam-style questions provide practice and help students get a deeper understanding of key concepts.
Examples from the Cambridge English Corpus give students access to prestigious academic global English research, as well as insight into corpus linguistics and techniques for corpus creation and analysis.
Wider reading suggestions guide students towards broader topic exposure, encouraging them to research areas that interest them.
Longer research tasks encourage a greater depth of application and provide inspiration for non-examined assessment (NEA).
Written to support A Level and IB qualifications: in particular Cambridge International A Level English Language (9093) Paper 3 Text Analysis and Paper 4 Language Topics, AS & A Level English Language, AS & A Level English Language and Literature and IB English A.
Available as a Cambridge Elevate edition to allow cross-referencing with your other Cambridge Elevate resources.
- 1. Arguments about English: 1.1. How we feel about language
- 1.2. Standard English
- 1.3. Non-Standard English
- 1.4. The origins of Standard English
- 1.5. The development of Standard English
- 1.6. Complaints about English
- 1.7. Changing English
- 2. Technology and language: 2.1. Technology and language change
- 2.2. Technology and new words
- 2.3. Attitudes to texting
- 2.4. Attitudes to other forms of CMC
- 2.5. Emoji
- 3. Attitudes to language variation: 3.1. Variation: what it is and what it ain't
- 3.2. Attitudes to regional variation
- 3.3. Attitudes to other varieties
- 4. Language discourses: 4.1. Analysing language discourses
- 4.2. Describing language
- 4.3. A language toolkit
- 4.4. Further exploration and investigation
- Ideas and answers
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