Language Change - Framework Notes


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  • Modern texts can use some graphological features, such as italics and bold to emphasise certain points. This is a feature of modern technology

  • Older texts may have idiosyncrasies of certain printers or stand firsts, where certain letters were made to look more unique in order to add a decorative edge to a text and emphasise the start of the text.

  • Arrangement of the text may affect discourse, but also be a stylistic feature. What is the genre of the text? E.g. a magazine article will focus on graphology, and particular trends may have changed over time.


  • The word choice in a text can help to tell which era it came from. Flamboyant lexis can sometimes be indicative of older texts, which demonstrated education and therefore class.

  • Amelioration – when the definition of something…


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