Language Change Checklist (Part II)

language change over time list of things to look for.

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Language Change Checklist (Part II)
SEMANTICS
Identify the SEMANTIC FIELDS?
Is there specific CONNOTATIONS, METAPHORS, INNUENDO or FIGURATIVE LANGUAGE?
Is there EVIDENCE of SEMANTIC SHIFTS or CHANGES?
Is there any PEJORATION or AMELIORATION?
Is there anything specific in terms of ADDRESS, are there POLITNESS MARKERS?
Is there any difference between the texts in the DEGREE OF IMPLICITNESS?
Is the text ACCESSIBLE and EASY to UNDERSTAND?
GRAMMAR:
Are grammar choices FORMAL or INFORMAL?
Does SYNTAX seem OUDATED?
Comment on the VERB FORMS, ADVERBS, PRE=MODIFICATIONS
Are PREPOSITIONS USED DIFFERENTLY?
Are there differences in CONJUNCTIONS/ PUNCTUATION?
Does the text use MODAL AUXILARIES? What do they CONVEY?
Does the text use PRONOUNS for IMMEDIACY OF ADDRESS?
Does the text use a lot of DECLARATIVE, IMPERATIVE, EXCLAMTIVE, INTERROGATIVE
sentences?
ORTHOGRAPHY
Are CAPITAL LETTERS used differently?
Do texts use different LETTER FORMS, e.g. THE LONG S?
Are words ABBRIVIATED in a FAMILIAR way?
Are SPELLINGS SIMILAR TO MODERN ENGLISH?
Does the spelling relate to your KNOWLEDGE of STANDARDIZATION?
Are CONVENTIONS related to TECHNOLOGY?
GRAPHOLOGY:
How FONTS are used?
How ILLUSTRATIONS used?
Are there different DESIGN or LAYOUT CONVENTIONS?
Is there a greater use of GRAPHOLOGICAL DEVICES to signal text structures, e.g. SPACE-
SHIFTING, TEXTBOXES, BULLET OINTS, SYSTEMATIC, COLOUR CODED LAYOUT, HEADINGS,
etc.

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