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ENGA3 Answering the Language Variation Question

Beth Kemp | Sunday May 13, 2012

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  1. Introduction to ENGA3 Revision Guide
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  7. ENGA3 Language Variation Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
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  10. ENGA3 Discourses Question June 2012 Exemplar Response
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‘Language Variation’ questions can vary in different ways:

  • your analysis may be of transcript(s) or dialect literature
  • you may have one analysis text plus some kind of comment text, or two analysis texts
  • the main focus of the essay part of the question (second bullet) may be some variation on ‘why do people use non-standard varieties?’ or a version of ‘what attitudes do people have to this variety?’

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 variation 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 C, below, is an extract from a novel. The narrator, Ebenezer Le Page, is an old man telling the story of his life on the Channel Island, Guernsey.

Text D, on page 5, is an extract from a newspaper article about dialect use.

  • Analyse how the writer of Text C uses language to represent Ebenezer’s voice and dialect, and to convey his memories and views.
  • Referring to Text C, Text D and your own studies, evaluate the factors that affect people’s use of regional dialects.

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