Language Change Checklist (Part I)

Language Change over Time list of things to look for

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Language Change Checklist (Part I)
Discourse:
How is COHESION created?
Is there EVIDENSCE of CONTRASTING REGISTER?
Is there EVIDENCE of DIALOGUE or NARRATIVE STRUCTURES? Are there any INTERPERSONAL
FEATURES?
Is there EVIDENCE of different DISCOURSE CONVENTIONS?
Is there one general VIEWPOINT or several?
Is the REGISTER FORMAL or INFORMAL?
Is there a difference in PURPOSE between the texts?
Pragmatics:
Is the READER expected to RECOGNISE and IDENTIFY with specific social roles?
Is the READER expected to share SOCAL CODES and VALUES?
Is the READER expected to ACCEPT particular ROLES and RESPONSIBILITIES?
Is the READER expected to ACCEPT particular SOCIAL ATTITUDES/ CULTURAL ASSUMPTIONS?
What ATTITUDE is EXPRESSED about LANGUAGE: PRESCRIPTIVE or DESCRIPTIVE?
Are ASSUMPTIONS made about the READER'S KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING?
Is there EVIDENCE of CHANGING VALUES and IDEOLOGIES?
Lexis:
Is there OBSOLETE LEXIS or for OLD LEXIS and PRACTICES?
Is there ARCHAIC LANGUAGE or ARCHAIC SLANG?
Is the lexis LATINATE, or of CLASSICAL DERIVATION, or POLLYSYLLABIC, or FORMAL? Are the
COLLOCATIONS ARCHAIC or UNFAMILIAR?
Is there UNUSAL ALLUSIONS e.g. CLASSIC, or RELIGIOUS?
Are there any UNEXPLAINED REFERENCES?
Are there differing SPECIALIST TERMS?
Is there EVIDENCE of BORROWING, CLIPPINGS, CONVERSIONS, NEOLOGISMS or COINAGES?
Does lexis suggest TECHNOLOGICAL DEVELOPMEMNT?
Are there any EMOTIVE OVERTONES to the lexis?
Is there EVIDENCE of COLLOQUIAL or SLANG? Is it largely INTELLIGIBLE and FAMILIAR?
What INFLUENCE has TECHNOLOGY had?

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