Working with Texts: A Core Introduction to Language Analysis by Ronald Carter

By Ronald Carter

This best-selling creation to language reports incorporates a large variety of actions and projects, introducing middle parts of language constitution and grammar via research of actual texts. perfect for either a degree and starting undergraduate scholars, this moment version contains: an introductory part on the best way to use the booklet fabric on spoken and written language, kid's language, language and beliefs an diversity of texts, together with ads, beer mats, horoscopes, newspaper articles, unsolicited mail, political speeches extensions suggesting undertaking paintings with a solution key on the again a concluding part giving scholars perform in reading different themes explored during the ebook.

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They have double symbols to represent the fact that each one is a plosive followed by a fricative. If you make these sounds in very slow motion you may be able to hear this sequence. /t∫/ is voiceless and /dЗ/ is its voiced partner. Nasals: m n ŋ (as in ‘singing’) The distinctive feature of these sounds is that they are produced in a particular manner: the airstream comes out through the nose rather than the mouth. They differ from each other in being made in different places: /m/ is bilabial, /n/ is alveolar, and /ŋ/ is velar.

What technical treatments have been used (for example, glossy surfaces, sepia tints, soft-focus photography)? Inter-rela tionships How do features of the image relate to the verbal aspects of the text? Does the whole text refer to or base itself on another text and if so, why? If so, what part does the picture play in this? Agencies and audiences On the evidence of the answers to the previous questions, what cultural attitudes and values are being presented by the producers? Working with texts 38 What assumptions are made about the audience’s views, interests and composition?

7 is another piece of ‘junk’ mail that was addressed personally to the recipient. This text also uses strongly intertextual strategies. Read it through carefully and answer the following: Which other texts are being referred to throughout the mailing? Why are the intertextual references you have identified above being used? How do the verbal texts relate to the images and other graphological features being used? Pay particular attention to the typeface and layout (it may be useful for you to know that the original envelope was black with emerald green lettering).

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