Written primarily for A and A/S level English language courses, but of interest to degree students on related courses, this book is designed to make an intuitive understanding of language explicit. By focusing on language use in different contents, it encourages an investigative and interpretative approach. It provides the core theoretical knowledge required for tackling a wide range of tasks and aims to develop awareness of both the nature and function of language. Through an exploration of the ways in which context, audience and purpose are interrelated, readers will learn to analyse written and spoken language. The source material and the models for analysis contained in each section will enable them to interpret, edit and represent unseen material and to become more effective writers.
Table of Contents
Preface - The Structure of English - Phonetics and Phonology - Style - How to Use Your Knowledge - Some Basic Concepts - English: A Living Language - Historical Change: the Facts - Historical Change: Textual Evidence - Regional and Social Change: Accent and Dialect - Child Language - Spoken Language - The Language of Newspapers - The Language of Advertising - The Language of Literature: Prose - The Language of Literature: Poetry - The Language of Law - The Language of Religion - The Language of Politics - The Language of Broadcasting - Other Varieties - How to Use Your Knowledge Glossary - Wider Reading