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The past is a foreign country Texts 20, 21, 29 Lesson Objective: To explore language change over time To examine features of scripted talk Key Words: Collocation.

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1 The past is a foreign country Texts 20, 21, 29 Lesson Objective: To explore language change over time To examine features of scripted talk Key Words: Collocation – an established phrase which places words in a fixed order

2 Milestones in English 1066 – the arrival of the Normans establishes Norman-French as the language of the government; Anglo-Saxon (Old English) continues to be spoken by the majority of the population. Over time many French and Latin words are adopted. 1380s – Chaucer writes his epic Canterbury Tales in what is now known as Middle English. By this time various forms of Middle English are spoken in different parts of the country – Englands first printer William Caxton sets up shop in London and starts to print books (including Chaucers Canterbury Tales). 1590s – 1616 – Shakespeares plays and poems are published and performed. The time of Early Modern English 1755 – Dr Samuel Johnson publishes his dictionary – a detailed account of the vocabulary, spelling and meanings of the English Language 1795 – Lindley Murray publishes English Grammar – attempting to define the rules of English – establishing what is Standard English 1928 – the first edition of The Oxford English Dictionary is completed 1992 – the first SMS text message is sent via mobile phone

3 Titus Andronicus – Text 21 Dates from 1590 One of Shakespeares earliest tragedies Lavinia, daughter of Titus Andronicus, has been raped and had her tongue and hands cut off by Chiron and Demetrius Their mother is Tamora who is now married to Saturninus the Roman Emperor Titus has had his hand cut off in an attempt to save his sons from execution by Tamoras lover, Aaron...

4 Assessment Focus AO 2 Holistic Appreciation Demonstrate detailed understanding in analysing the ways in which structure, form and language shape meanings in a range of spoken and written text In text 21 – Titus Andronicus you will notice that the lexis, grammar and phonology of the language is far removed from modern day language. You will need to consider how, over time, despite the change in language, the reader can still grasp the message behind the actions and words of the play. In text 20 – The importance of Being Earnest – you will not notice quite so many changes in lexis and grammar, however, the differences will probably occur in what the audience regards as comedy. The way the play is written like real speech gives it a sense of authenticity and keeps it funny.

5 A living language never stands still and is constantly changing in every way. The most obvious kind of change is lexical (with the constant stream of new words) and semantic (as words take on new meanings). Even the phonology and grammar of language changes over time, and we can see that in this text which was written over 400 years ago. Use a dictionary to help you find out about the words that are unfamiliar to you. Example in text 21 Modern equivalent Comment LEXIS a.Verb which expresses a command to keep back. b.An adjective meaning of fine appearance c.Verb form of the adjective vile COLLOCATION Inverted word order of a question. PHONOLOGY Example of a word or phrase that would be pronounced differently

6 Commentary Lexis All the examples in the text forbear, goodly and vild are obsolete words. Goodly and Vild clearly take their origins from words that are still used today, but in different forms (morphology) Collocation The inversion of the word order in the question Know you these two? would sound strange in todays language, but we are familiar with the archaic contexts in which it survives Phonology Many of the words in Shakespearean English are pronounced differently. However, it is partly to do with his fitting the words in to the Iambic Pentameter structure

7 Scripted and unscripted speech We have previously looked at transcripts which show modern, spontaneous speech. As a playwright, Shakespeare had the task of creating realistic speech. They have to make the characters believable but without including the features of real speech that would make it difficult to listen to. Remember the features of spontaneous speech – write down as many features as you can remember.

8 The Importance of Being Earnest Written by Oscar Wilde, first performed in 1895 Cecily Cardew, an 18 year old girl and an older girl called Gwendolen Fairfax are having afternoon tea in the garden of Cecilys country house. They both (mistakenly) believe that they are in love with the same man.

9 Features of spontaneous talkUsed in a television script Comment Some use of casual, colloquial language, possibly including expletives and taboo language Some use of grammatically incomplete (minor) sentences. Other sentences may continue in a less clearly structured way than in writing, with repeated use of conjunctions Some use of non-fluency features In conversation, those listening indicate their attention/agreement/sympathy using feedback There may occasionally be interruptions and overlapping, with two or more speakers speaking at once Now consider these features in Wildes play. How has he created the illusion of realistic spontaneous speech? Comment on the features that mark it out as scripted, dramatic speech.

10 Assessment Focus AO 3 Context Use integrated approaches to explore relationships between texts, analysing and evaluating the significance of contextual factors in their production and reception. ProductionReception Who has produced it?Who is reading / hearing / watching it? When was it produced?When is it being heard or read? Where was it produced?Where is it being read or heard? Why was it produced? (purpose)Why is it being listened to / read? For whom was it intended? (implied audience) Who is reading or hearing it? (actual audience)

11 Contextual information Text 29 The Warden was published in 1855 Anthony Trollope was one of the most highly regarded of the Victorian novelists The Warden was the first of the Barsetshire novels – set in the fictional city of Barchester In this extract he is describing his breakfast parlour Read this extract and then compare it to the more modern TEXT 13

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