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English Language Revision…read more

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Changes in context, lexis and semantics

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Development of English Language
Old English: linguistic influence of
Germanic and Viking invaders
Middle English: mixing of French with
English after the Normal Conquest
Early Modern English: adding of Latin
words for new concepts and ideas
Late Modern English (in exam): age of
standardising English…read more

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Travel and globalisation
English has borrowed lexis to
accommodate new foods and cultural
experiences. E.g. "curry" and "tea" for
new foods and drink. Travel has meant
that we observe other languages e.g.
"tapas" in Spain.
Shopping, for example, has become a
global business, with designer names
and clothing brands from all countries
recognisable around the world.…read more

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The Normal Conquest and the Germanic
tribes who invaded over 1000 years ago
had a strong impact on English. E.g.
using the Old English we `ask', from the
French influences we `question'.
The modern lexicon of war: e.g.
`collateral damage', `surgical strikes' and
`neutralised'.…read more

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Work and New Inventions
New words are needed to name
inventions and to describe what you can
do with them. E.g. `dishwasher',
Even our surnames have links to
occupations: `Butcher', `Baker', `Cooper'
and `Fletcher'.
Social and changes in attitudes affect
language ­ e.g. views about social
groups, interests in fashion.…read more

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