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27 Jul 2015

Native English speakers of the world

Essay - 3 pages - Linguistics

Native speakers of English are approximately 430 million people in the world. However, the number of native and non-native speakers is approximated to be 2 billion people. English is the third largest language in terms of the number of speakers after Mandarin Chinese and Spanish. In contrast,...

24 Jul 2015

The effects of Norman culture and language on the Saxons

Essay - 1 pages - Linguistics

Change is an inevitable part of existence. Throughout history man has evolved in terms of philosophy, theology, and ideology. Sir Walter Scott provides an identification of the additional elements involved in change through his novel, Ivanhoe. Societal and linguistic changes were the result of...

17 Dec 2012

Life as an indentured servant in Colonial Maryland

Case study - 2 pages - Linguistics

My name is Sarah Malie and I am what you would refer to as an indentured servant. I am twenty-four years old and was born in London, England. My mother was originally from there and my father, Sidney Malie, came to London from Glasgow, Scotland. We were a poor family that...

25 May 2012

The effects of feminism in the english language

Case study - 4 pages - Linguistics

During recent decades, feminist commentators have adopted a critical view of various aspects of the English language, arguing that in the English language and many sentence structures and models evolve around the male figure (http://plato.stanford.edu). Sexist language had been a significant...

13 Feb 2011

Speech acts

Essay - 10 pages - Linguistics

In the present research, the researcher will examine 13 main points, each of which will be followed by other subtitles. Throughout these headlines and subtitles, speech acts are going to be investigated in terms of three main stages. The first stage is about Austin's first dichotomy which...

11 Oct 2010

Dynamics of language and society: A discourse of identity togetherness

Thesis - 7 pages - Linguistics

Ethnicity or ethnic groups generally understood as tribal societies or communities who traditionally have something in common identity. A form of identity such as language, place of residence, kinship patterns, marriage patterns, religion, architecture, patterns of residence, and others....

29 Sep 2010

The "Frenglish"

Worksheets - 1 pages - Linguistics

Since the beginning of the XIXth century, English was in vogue in some circles. Little by little we can see the birth of a new way of speaking, a French language much anglicized, which is called usually the 'Frenglish'. But why was this kind of language born and what is it's influence...

29 Sep 2010

English as a global language : Past, present and future

Essay - 2 pages - Linguistics

Globalization has ushered in an era of global culture and economy. With this increased internationalization, everyone needs a medium of communication. Intercultural transactions can only take place if a common language is used. The English language has become popular as a common language. As...

29 Sep 2010

Technical and commercial english vocabulary to pass the TOEIC test

Worksheets - 7 pages - Linguistics

This document sets out a list of commonly used words in various domains such as business, production, sales, finance, budget, etc.

29 Sep 2010

The French influence on the English vocabulary

Essay - 11 pages - Linguistics

This quotation of the contemporary glossary by Robert of Gloucester brilliantly sums up the linguistic situation of the English society in the centuries after the Norman Conquest. While French became the language of power and prestige and left its mark on the English language, English remained...

30 Jul 2010

The modern Western alphabet: A brief history

Thesis - 2 pages - Linguistics

As the introductory quote suggests, the history of the modern western alphabet is extensive and has evolved through many different forms to arrive at its present day state. Small modifications over thousands of years have resulted in the system of single phonemic symbol writing that we use today....

29 Jul 2010

How humans communicate by spatial language

Thesis - 2 pages - Linguistics

In “'What' and ‘Where' in Spatial Language and Spatial Cognition,” Landau and Jackendoff discuss the human ability to express spatial experiences through language (i.e. what things are and where they are). They posit that the organization of spatial language can be used to better...

29 Jul 2010

Listening to a native language lowers reading comprehension more than a second language

Thesis - 3 pages - Linguistics

Dual tasking is among some of the most studied topics of today. It seems that contemporary society is busier than ever. With the advancement in technology and the fast pace nature of the world, divided attention is at an all time high. One of the most classic studies of dual tasking is the...

29 Jul 2010

Greek language and literature

Essay - 1 pages - Linguistics

The Greek language has been spoken for nearly 4,000 years. It is the oldest oral language in Europe. The alphabet consists of 24 letters and is the official language in Greece. It's related to Latin, Hittie, Old Slavic, Celtic, and Germanic languages. To create the Greek language, Greeks...

28 Jun 2010

Analytical paper on Frankenstein

Thesis - 2 pages - Linguistics

In Mary Shelley's novel Frankenstein, she discusses many of the tensions between the exceptional individual, referring to the monster Victor Frankenstein created, and society. It is easily compared to acclaimed author John Stuart Mill's book, On Liberty. In his novel he emphasizes the importance...

28 Feb 2010

Dynamics and characteristics of language evolution

Thesis - 2 pages - Linguistics

The development of language was both supported by and supplementary to the evolution of “fully modern” human intelligence. Lingual evolution can be divided into its anatomical and social developments, so that there is a distinction between language as an anatomical capacity, and...

16 Feb 2010

Evolutionary phonology: Review, assess and critique evolutionary phonology: The emergence of sound platforms by Juliette Blevins

Thesis - 20 pages - Linguistics

Phonology is essentially the examination of sound patterns of languages and in every language, sound patterns will inherently characterize composition of words and phrases. These sound patterns will encompass contrasts in expression, distribution of features and variable contextual realizations....

18 May 2009

The religion card

Thesis - 5 pages - Linguistics

Marx's theory of the trajectory of the dialectic relationship between the bourgeoisie and proletariat argues that internal homogeneity within each class is a crucial prerequisite to class action/revolution. This is because internal homogeneity gives rise to class consciousness within each class;...

17 May 2009

Linguistic diversity in Europe: Strength or weakness?

Case study - 5 pages - Linguistics

In 1919, after many debates, the British Prime Minister David Lloyd George concluded that the Versailles treaty would be written both in French and English. Since then, English has imposed itself in diplomacy, economic exchanges, Medias and so on. Nowadays, it seems that this language has gained...

17 May 2009

The place of the French language in our society

Thesis - 11 pages - Linguistics

The French language is one those languages which are spoken all around the world. It's the 11th most used language through the world, the second most commonly-taught second language in the world (after English) and the official language in 29 countries . According to some estimations, more...

27 Apr 2009

Foreign language inadequacies in America

Thesis - 7 pages - Linguistics

What do you call a person who speaks more than two languages? Multilingual. What do you call a person who speaks two languages? Bilingual. And what do you call a person who only speaks one language? An American. So goes the oft-told joke, particularly loved by my European friends (all of...

16 Apr 2009

Fighting fire with fire

Tutorials/exercises - 4 pages - Linguistics

The antebellum viewpoint on slavery remains controversial. Presaging the Civil War, a fierce political debate took place between the Southern defenders of slavery and the Northern abolitionists. The two sides argued over the political, economic, social, religious, biological, and racial...

15 Apr 2009

Barack Obama's use of the indefinite article /a/

Thesis - 6 pages - Linguistics

The purpose of my research project was to examine Barack Obama's use of and pronunciation of the indefinite article /a/ during his speeches for the 2008 presidential campaign. I examined this element because I wanted to find out if there was any correlation between Obama's use of the indefinite...

07 Apr 2009

Kristevan themes in "Sula" and "The Bluest Eye"

Thesis - 6 pages - Linguistics

When Morrison describes her attempt to express black feminine subjectivity in The Bluest Eye, she claims that, “the problem, of course, was language”(211). According to Morrison, “ ‘civilized' languages debase humans”(Afterward, 216). Pauline, Pecola's mother, finds...

26 Feb 2009

Breaking up the body: Dissecting the Baroque period

Thesis - 7 pages - Linguistics

During the Baroque period, things fell apart; the center of beliefs, institutions, and truisms could no longer hold. Indeed, not even one's body was free of speculation, debate, and change; with scientific discoveries and experiments, as well as the thinkers and philosophers challenging...

16 Jan 2009

The difference between sentences that are evaluated by linguistic significance alone and sentences that are evaluated by linguistic significance and other circumstances

Essay - 16 pages - Linguistics

Significant differences among sentences of natural language certainly occur. It is not a matter of theoretical philosophy or theoretical linguistics but simply common sense. The difference I would like to focus on is the one between sentences that are evaluated using linguistic significance alone...

10 Sep 2008

The Mohawk people

Essay - 7 pages - Linguistics

The Mohawk are survivors. From the days of their early ancestors to the present day, the Mohawk have dwindled in number but have lived on. This is an exploration of the history and culture of the Mohawk. In this paper I will attempt to explain the past and present state of the...

09 Sep 2008

Language evolution: Anthropology

Essay - 8 pages - Linguistics

Its tops, it's the queens square, it's fabulous, it's cool, it's off the hook. All of these phrases mean the same thing, “It's great”. This is one of many phrases that have taken the twists and turns of the ages through our youth. Throughout history human language continues to evolve...

04 Aug 2008

Second language processing and the access question

Essay - 8 pages - Linguistics

The rest of the paper will be spent expositing and, when necessary, critiquing, some of the literature on second language processing. I will pay particular attention to the recent Shallow Structure Hypothesis (SSH), due to Clahsen and Felser. In contrast to squabbles about the...

01 Aug 2008

Multiple Wh -Questions: Logical form and paired list readings

Essay - 10 pages - Linguistics

In her paper “Multiple Wh Questions,” Veneeta Dayal takes a comprehensive approach to the topic of questions involving multiple wh-elements. She begins the paper by discussing the way in which a study of multiple wh-questions might provide valuable insight into important...

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