Language & Technology - A Level Revision Book

This booklet covers the section B module of Categorising Texts in ENGB1. The more 'technical' side involves many more terms than it's counterparts. This booklet provides information for all levels for those who want C's or those that aim for A*'s. What you do with this booklet, is up to you!

Hope this helps - Mikey

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The world of technology is always changing but so is the
language that technology brings with it. If your thinking
of writing about this section in the exam it is recommended that you know a
few basics about recent technology. Since with this topic, there are so many…

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Radio Language

All we here is radio ga ga. But all rocking aside, this is a simple enough topic
to grasp as are all the contexts, you've just got to learn and spot the features.

Radio is a one-to-many type of interaction where it seems that the radio…

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Discourse In live phone-ins the discourse is structured as the presenter
asks a question and the caller answers then the expert
comments upon the answer given


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TV Language

This is short because there are no real linguistic features here, as mentioned
earlier though, most of the time TV…

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When analysing a transcript from a telephone call make sure to look out for
different features in each linguistic category:
Lexis Jargon used in association with topic of conversation; the
register; is the call demanding something? Any sociolects or
idiolects? Metatalk (talking about the act of talking itself!)
Grammar Adjacency…

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Anaphoric references: This is when an expression refers to another. Similar to
deixis.
Exophoric ­ Refers to something that is outside the text.
Endophoric ­ A reference made within the text previously
Anaphoric - Refers to something in the text that has previously been
identified, mostly the meaning of the…

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A designer will most likely set out to be aesthetically pleasing
and make accessibility easy for the user.
Pragmatics Firstly consider the fact that there are laws to be considered
such as the Data Protection Act (1998) which means that
information, for example has to be up to date. Most…

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In text messages look for:
Lexis/Orthogra Predictive text makes the text into standard English. Saves
phy time. Linguistic features and forms.
Grammar Use of multiple interrogatives? Adjacency pairs ­ where
lots of questions are sent and the following answers are
received. Standard English used in predictive texts.
Declaratives, Imperatives, Exclamatives.…

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Homophonic single Phonetically transcribed C (see), u (you), ur (you
grapheme sounds to shorten the are)
abbreviation language
Homophone Use of single letters and 2L8 (too late)
representation numbers based on similarity
in sound
Numeric characters Number used to replace 4 (for), 2 (to), b4 (before)
sound in word
Aphesis/Abbreviatio…

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Sexual Orientation Explicit sexual overtones [Use your imagination]

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