Standardisation: presentation ideas and presentation on processes of semantic change, taboo words

2 February 2010

 

Presentation format:

 

 

On PowerPoint: give some history and a task for pupils to do. All presentations must include some definitions on standardisation. Ask FGI for help if necessary.

 

 

Devise a presentation on how spelling was standardised, the development of printing, dictionaries, mass education.

Devise a presentation on STANDARD ENGLISH and the media: when and why does the media use Standard English.

Devise a presentation on SEMANTIC AND LEXICAL CHANGE, looking particularly at DIALECTS and how and why they are dying off in our culture.

Devise a presentation on the History of the English Language, looking at key figures in the development of the language, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Dickens, the mass media in the twentieth century.

Devise a presentation on the differences between DIACHRONIC and SYNCHRONIC CHANGE

Devise  a presentation on the STANDARDISATION of Shakespeare’s language. Look at issues such as “false friends”, look at Crystal’s Encyclopedia.

Devise a presentation on Chaucer, looking at the different translations of Chaucer.

Devise a presentation on the ways in which STANDARD ENGLISH is the language of power, and how it made certain words and phrases taboo. Look in particular at the language connected with taboo subjects such as the ways in which SCIENCE has standardised the words connected with reproduction.

Devise a presentation on how dramatists in the theatre use and “abuse” Standard English. Look at plays you like and enjoy.

Devise a presentation on how and why non-standard forms of English create humour. Eg Fawlty Towers.

Devise a presentation on how and why the language connected with SPORT/BUSINESS/SCIENCE has become standardised.

Devise a presentation on SEMANTIC AND LEXICAL CHANGE, looking particularly at DIALECTS and how and why they are dying off in our culture.

Devise a presentation on the uses of dictionaries in the culture and the ways in which they have standardised the language.

PRESENTATIONS:

Standardisation

According to ISO, it is the process of formulating and applying rules for an orderly approach to a specific activity for the benefit and cooperation of all concerned, and in particular for the promotion of the over all economy, considering due safety requirements.

SEMANTIC AND LEXICAL CHANGE, looking particularly at DIALECTS and how and why they are dying off in our culture.

Dialects – the loss of status

Dialect – is a regional or social variety of language distinguished by             features of vocabulary, pronunciation, and discourse that differ         from other varieties.

 

Is standard English just another dialect?

Taboo Language!

How taboo language has changed over time

 

But now…

Other taboo language

Different words for sex

 

As you can see…

In what context has the word sex been used over time?

Analysis

 

To conclude

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