- Created by: Laura Critchley
- Created on: 05-06-11 11:02
English Language revision – glossary of key terms
Lexis – vocabulary system; meaning at word and phrase level
Grammar – structural relationship within and between sentences and utterances
Pragmatics – the ways in which social conventions and implied meanings are encoded in spoken and written language.
Discourse – longer stretches of text, looking particularly at aspects of cohesion / the way texts create identities for particular individuals, groups or institutions, e.g. the discourse of law, politics, the media.
Graphology – language as a semiotic system creating meaning through textual design, signs and images
Phonetics / phonology – the sounds of English, how they are produced and how they are described; including aspects of prosody
Register – situational variation and register: how language varies in relation to audiences, purposes and contexts.
Mode – how language may vary as a consequence of the channel of communication (speech, writing and mixed modes)
Idiolect – the language style acquired by individuals as a result of their personal characteristics, system of belief and social experience
Dialect – the variations in language produced as a result of local, community and regional diversity
Sociolect – language variations produced by the effects of education, socio-economic class, occupation and membership of social group.
Denotation (semantics) – the study of meaning and how it’s created
Connotation (pragmatics) – the study of context, implication and inference
Open class/lexical word class – nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives. They drop in and out of the language. They are the content words. Without them we lose all meaning.
Closed class/grammatical word class – pronouns, determiners, preposition, conjunctions (coordinating/subordinating), auxiliary verbs (modal verbs or primary verbs), enumerators (one, two three, first, second, third, etc.). They never change and are the glue which holds the sentence together – without them, the sentence would still make sense.
Non-finite verb phrases – verb phrases in which the verb isn’t fixed to any time frame, doesn’t sound complete and doesn’t sound complete. It can be attached to a finite verb phrase in order to make it sound complete (e.g. ‘walking unsteadily’ –> ‘walking unsteadily, he crossed the deck’)
Epistemic Modality – concerns estimation of the likelihood that a certain state of affairs is/has been /will be true (or false) – e.g. ‘we may see you tomorrow’, ‘can you remember?’
Deontic modals – express how something ought to be. They have elements of permission, obligation and, at the strongest level, requirement.
Progressive aspect – uses a form of ‘to be’ along with the ‘-ing’ form of the main verb, e.g. ‘I am singing’ (which is an activity that isn’t over and sounds as if it’s in the immediate ‘here and now’)
Perfective aspect – constructed using the auxiliary verb ‘have’ along with the past tense of the main verb. It’s primarily used for an action continuing up to the present, whereas in the past tense the action is over and done with. E.g. ‘I have worked all day’.
Transitive verbs – have a…