Variation and standards: Activity

  • How is the way you speak English different from the way your parents speak English?
  • How is it different from the way your teachers speak English?
  • How is it different from the way the Queen speaks English?
  • How is it different from the English of the BBC?
  • How is it different from the English of Eastenders, Coronation Street, or Rastamouse?
  • How is it different from the English of Hollywood movies?

phonetics: the study of the sounds of language

semantics: the study of the meanings of words

pragmatics: the study of language use in real-world contexts

grammar: the study of word forms and sentence structures

lexis: the study of words (new and old) and their histories

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