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Travel Writing
· Travel writing in books, TV programmes, newspapers and magazines is
a very popular genre.
· The purpose of travel writing is to entertain and inform. Travel writing
also educates, gives the reader knowledge about parts of the world,
people, cultures and traditions that we know little about here in the UK.
· A good example of this type of TV programme are the Victoria Wood's
documentaries currently on BBC1. Watch one of them and see how
much you learn without realising. Look at the way the presenter makes
comparisons between this country and the foreign country that she is in.
· Travel writing can also us make us reflect about different aspects of our
own culture, for example are British weddings stuffy and boring when
compared to their Mongolian counterparts?…read more

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Main Task
· How does Stewart use language in an
entertaining way to convey the
strangeness of his experience
Give evidence from the text to support your
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Word Choices (Lexis)
· A mixture of formal and informal words, e.g. `camaraderie' and
`thumping'
· Words and phrases (semantic field) normally associated with wars
and battles, e.g. "lookouts."
· Use of Mongolian words to give a sense of the unique context and
place, but also help the reader learn something new, e.g. "ger"
· Groups of words normally associated with a wedding, e.g.
`reception."
· Words associated with food and drink, perhaps too much, "excess
of hospitality,"
· Wide range of words associated with fighting, "laid into,"
· Exaggeration, "a mountainous plate,"
· Characterisation by creating appropriate nicknames, e.g. Lenin…read more

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Speech
· Direct speech is used to convey comic detail
about characters, "Have you a wife?....We'll sort
something out in the morning."
· Indirect speech is used for the same effect, in
this example contrast, "she performed
admirably, producing a story about a boy
looking for his favourite horse."
· Stewart's own thoughts often provide an
interpretative commentary, e.g. the final
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