Sunday, 31 March 2013

Those Irritating Verbs-as-Nouns

Good article on 'nominalisation', which doesn't just complain about conversion, but distinguishes it from affixations and explores the motivation for using a noun instead of a verb.

Those Irritating Verbs-as-Nouns

Friday, 29 March 2013

AAVE, Creoles and double negatives

Interesting article exploring the status and nature of African American Vernacular English.

A mother tongue spoken by millions of Americans still gets no respect.

By Lex Friedman.

Saturday, 16 March 2013

Twitter Users Can Be Grouped Into Tribes Based on Word Choice

Larger-scale version of a project idea similar to those a couple of A2 students are pursuing...

Twitter Users Can Be Grouped Into Tribes Based on Word Choice

Thursday, 14 March 2013

Johnson's Dictionary Online

Great resource. Searchable, with facsimiles as well as transcripts (though not, apparently, complete yet) and with a Twitter feed of definitions to sign up for too. A great way to explore Johnson's seminal dictionary of 1755 -- and remember, he drops in some gems into his definitions.

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Dialects and Grammar in the UK

A readable account of some key grammatical features in English. Useful both for A2s studying Language Variation, and for AS students writing their monologues.

Lessons from a survey of British dialect grammar* - RACO

Script Formats from the BBC

Hugely interesting and useful page from the BBC offering a range of standard script formats. You aren't expected to follow these styling formats when you submit coursework -- please don't, keep formatting very simple -- but you should be aware of the elements that a director, producer and performers will need to know about in order to make sense of your script.

When you submit a script for consideration later in your professional life, you will need to follow the formatting standards -- so you may well be interested in becoming familiar with them now!

Monologue Archive

Great resource of monologues organised by gender and age. These are extracted from plays rather than standalone monologues, so use with some caution as style models -- some are from poems and from considerably older texts too. Still, you can get a good sense of the range of what's possible.

Monday, 11 March 2013

Style guide: The Guardian

I might have linked to this before. I should have. You should read it, bookmark it, refer to it whenever you're unsure about usage.

Saturday, 2 March 2013

Journalism glossary wiki |

Deck, subhead, lede, standfirst? This glossary of journalism terms attempts to disentangle the knotty web of conflicting in-house jargon used in US and UK periodical publishing. It's probably safe to assume that whatever we use at A Level, you'll find yourself working at a place where they'll scoff and tell you the real word (that they happen to use).