General Studies: Nature and Use of Language

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Summary of AS English Language (Relevant to GENA1, 3.2.1 on the specification)

This is basically a list of key terms under different categories relevant to linguistics covered in AS English Language.

Key Linguistic Categories

Discourse: Spoken Language

Prepared/spontaneous speech

Non-fluency features

Tag questions, intensifiers, colloquialisms

Pragmatics: Association and implication

Shared Understanding

Adjacency Pairs

Collocation

Tone and Register

Idiolect

Sociolect

Mode

Dialect

Lexis and Semantics: Words and their meanings

Semantic field

Figurative language

Discourse features

Colloquialisms

Non-standard English

Phonology: Sounds and patterns

Manipulation of sound patterns 

Accent and dialect

Prosodic features

Grammar and Syntax

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