Key Terms of ENGB1

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Mode
The medium of communication, for example speech or writing.
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Oppositional View
A broad way of defining modes. Suggets qualities are strictly opposites i.e. writing it formal, speech is informal.
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Continuum
A way of representing differences by places texts along a line showing degrees of various features.
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Prototype
'Best fit' example of a particular category i.e. an apple is a prototypical fruit.
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Sub-mode
Sub division of a mode i.e. poetry, drama and conversation.
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Genre
Category or type of a text i.e. comedy, tragedy and horror.
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Type
Form of a text i.e. a play, short story or recipe.
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Multi-modal Texts
Texts that combine a word, image and sound to produce meaning. I.e. childrens story books that include images to support texts.
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Context
Temporal and spatial situations which a text is received. e.g. where the producer or receiver of a text is
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Context of Reception
Situations in which a text is read an the factors that might influence a readers interpretation.
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Context of Production
Situation in which a text is produced and factors that influence its writing.
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Actual Reader
Reader who actually engages with a text.
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Implied Reader
The kind of reader the text producer has in mind when writing the text. Might be expected to follow writers point of view.
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Implied Writer
Constructed image of the writer a reader might have in mind.
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Actual Writer
Real person behind the writing of a text
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Purpose
The reason a text is produced
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Dual-Purpose
A text with two clear and defined purposes
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Primary Purpose
The main reason a text has been produced
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Secondary Purpose
A secondary and sometimes subtle reason the text was produced.
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Idiolext
An individuals style of speaking or their linguistic fingerprint
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Sociolect
A defined use of language as the result of a socail group
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Discourse Community
A group with shared values and approaches to reading.
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Register
Variety of language appropriate to a particular purpose and context
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Field
General purpose of an act of communication
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Tenor
Relationship between participants in a conversation or between text producer and receiver
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Dialect
Variety of geographical region or social background, revealed by a variation in lexical and grammatical terms.
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Accent
Specific way words are pronounced according to geographical region.
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Standard English (SE)
Universally accepted dialect of English that carries a degree of prestige.
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Representation
Projection of a certain way of thinking about a certain individual, group or institution through language.
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Specialist Register
Set of lexical items and grammatical constructions particular to a institution or occupational group.
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Jargon
Specialist terminology that may exclude others/
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Colloquialism
An established set of informal terms used in everyday language.
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Slang
Colloquial language that is inventive and particular to individuals or groups.
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A broad way of defining modes. Suggets qualities are strictly opposites i.e. writing it formal, speech is informal.

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Oppositional View

Card 3

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A way of representing differences by places texts along a line showing degrees of various features.

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Card 4

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'Best fit' example of a particular category i.e. an apple is a prototypical fruit.

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Card 5

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Sub division of a mode i.e. poetry, drama and conversation.

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