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ENGA3 Answering the Language Change Question

Beth Kemp | Sunday May 13, 2012

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  1. Introduction to ENGA3 Revision Guide
  2. ENGA3 Answering the Language Change Question
  3. ENGA3 Language Change Question June 2012
  4. ENGA3 Language Change Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
  5. ENGA3 Answering the Language Variation Question
  6. ENGA3 Language Variation Question June 2012
  7. ENGA3 Language Variation Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
  8. ENGA3 Answering the Discourses Question
  9. ENGA3 Discourses Question June 2012
  10. ENGA3 Discourses Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
  11. ENGA3 Exam Practice Feedback

Language Change questions follow two main patterns: they either focus on a particular kind of change (this could focus on a specific word or phrase, as in the June 2012 paper, and then broaden out to an area of social change or changes associated with a field such as technology), or they offer you two related texts from different times and ask you to analyse them (for example, you could be asked to look at recipes which are centuries apart, or you could be asked to compare a World War II letter with a Gulf War blog).

Whichever kind of question you are faced with, there are three key things you need to be sure of before you start working on your answer:

  • what do I focus on in the analysis part of my answer?
  • am I analysing one or both texts?
  • which aspect of change am I focusing on in the broader, essay-style section?

These key things change from question to question, so it’s important that you take note of them.

At this point, look at your June 2012 question (reproduced below) and note (or highlight) the answers to the three key questions above.

Text A, below, is from a dating website for “successful men who have financial security and confidence? and “attractive single women?.

Text B, on page 3, is from a website www.eHow.com which is subtitled “How to do just about everything?.

  • Analyse how the language used in Text A and Text B suggests meanings for the term ‘Trophy Wife’.
  • Referring to Text A, Text B and your own...

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