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Write short notes on Code mixing and Code switching.

“Code” refers to language here. Both code mixing and code switching are only possible in case of bilinguals (or multi-linguals), i.e. people who know at least two (or more than two) languages....

Latest answer posted September 14, 2013 9:43 am UTC

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What does "khosh bebini" mean in Persian?

In the question, the word bebini has been misheard as bebin. In Persian, the word "khosh" is used as an adjective and the literal translation of the word is "good." The word "bebini" is used as a...

Latest answer posted January 22, 2013 9:22 am UTC

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Why is language planning important to countries?

First, one should note that language planning is not universal. Some countries have strongly centralized and official forms of language planning, as in the French Académie française, while many...

Latest answer posted June 22, 2019 6:33 pm UTC

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In the English language, is it better to say "Today is Monday or "Today, it is Monday"? 

Perhaps, the indecision on whether to say "Today is Monday" or "Today, it is Monday" derives from the fact that language undergoes changes from its linguistic history. For, the expression "Today,...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2014 3:57 pm UTC

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What are examples of structural grammar sentence analysis?

Examples of structural grammar applied to sentence analysis will show the syntax relationships between speech units that constitute the structure of each sentence. The smallest speech units that...

Latest answer posted September 15, 2016 1:20 am UTC

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How does language allow self reflection?

I think that understanding the sociology of human consciousness might be helpful here. This theoretical approach argues that language is a social construct. In recognition of this social element,...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2012 2:27 pm UTC

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Explain the connection between language and perception.

I tend to think that language and perception work in concert with one another. Eliana Colunga- Leal argues that our ability to define our world as based on perception is driven largely by...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2012 1:48 pm UTC

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Does language determine culture?

The impact of language on culture is called the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis, and posits that language is a method of unconsciously reflecting social and cultural norms to the point that speaking and...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2012 1:04 am UTC

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How does language organize perceptions?

It is primarily semantics, a discipline concerned with the relationship between words and human expression, that helps to organize and produce perceptions. In his essay "Politics and the English...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2012 9:38 pm UTC

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What are the two figures of speech in the phrase, "The ugly, cawing creature?"

If you mean literary devices or literary techniques, I would say alliteration is being used. Alliteration is basically the repetition of a consonant sound for poetic purposes. The words "cawing"...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2012 3:45 am UTC

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Discuss various models of second language learning as proposed by William Littlewood. Whilst answering this question,...

William Littlewood adopted a Communicative Language Teaching Theory upon which he bases his findings. He believes that motivation is key to success in a second language and effective communication...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2012 9:18 am UTC

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Provide a comprehensive discussion of five ways in which English adds to its word stock. 

The traditional and most common linguistic means by which English adds to its word stock are: (1) loan word borrowings, (2) compounding and blending of morphemes, (3) combined words from combining...

Latest answer posted December 10, 2013 5:06 pm UTC

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What is the definition of an indirect statement in the medical field?  

In English, an indirect statement is a subordinate clause that relates some kind of statement indirectly. In other words, it talks about a statement from a retelling instead of a direct quote. It...

Latest answer posted June 23, 2013 1:59 am UTC

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How does language allow hypothetical thought?

Language, being a system of symbols, allows metaphor, example, and parallel construction, to utter “speech-acts”, one important one of which for humans is “what if?” known as the speech-act of...

Latest answer posted June 9, 2013 8:56 pm UTC

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Why is the stress on the word 'tribalism' placed on the 1st syllable against the rule of stressing the 2nd syllable...

As the question demonstrates, the English language has rules. Yet, those rules are sometimes inconsistent and can be broken. The rules for pronunciation may be a bit less strict as compared with...

Latest answer posted January 30, 2013 4:13 pm UTC

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Supraglottal Cavity's role in making speech How is the Supraglottal Cavity used to produce speech? Explain how the...

Th supraglottis is the part of the throat where speech originates. It lies just above the larynx (voice box) and below the epiglottis (flap that covers the trachea [windpipe] during swallowing so...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2011 2:54 am UTC

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How does fluency impact reading comprehension? Explain your answer. How does fluency impact reading comprehension?...

Proficiency in fluency directly correlates to proficiency in comprehension. The incidence in misunderstanding meaning because of complexities in grammar and syntax and vocabulary directly increases...

Latest answer posted February 4, 2012 7:57 am UTC

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What is the meaning of facing straight out over the ocean?

The phrase only means what it says. It could refer to a human who is standing and looking directly out over the ocean, but more likely it would be referring to a building of some sort. Many homes...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2012 10:10 pm UTC

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Language teaching requires good content. What principle would you follow to select and grade materials for language...

When teaching language, one must be sure to include material the language learners are familiar with. What this means is: students of a new language are already nervous about learning a new...

Latest answer posted October 28, 2012 2:32 pm UTC

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Use panache in a sentence.

The word “panache” is a noun that is typically used to describe the way a person does something. It means being really stylish and dashing. So, when we say someone has panache we mean that they...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2013 2:23 am UTC

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Middle school students should be required to learn a foreign language. I would appreciate any sources or points for...

It is difficult for students in the United States to learn a foreign language because they don't have any real conversations in daily life with which to practice. I learned Spanish in high school...

Latest answer posted February 14, 2013 8:17 pm UTC

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What is phonology?

Phonology is the study of natural language (not constructed or formal language), with particular focus on how sounds of natural language are organized. Phonology includes in its study a taking of...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2013 3:18 pm UTC

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What is the difference between the words "Primary" and "Primacy"?

Primary, in its most common usage, is an adjective. It can have a meaning that is ordinal, denoting that something is first, or foremost. Often, it can mean something is the most important, or the...

Latest answer posted January 27, 2013 12:40 am UTC

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What is language?

Language refers to the ways that human beings communicate with other human beings. Language gives us the ability to use combinations of a limited number of sounds or symbols to convey and an...

Latest answer posted April 22, 2020 5:36 pm UTC

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What is theoretical vocabulary?

This is a difficult question to answer without more information. The more information you give, the greater the detail in the answers. However, in essence theoretical vocabulary is the language...

Latest answer posted January 31, 2012 2:42 am UTC

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Language and areas of knowledge "The vocabulary we have does more than communicate our knowledge , it shapes what we...

I've always felt like the ability to understand and interact well with another culture requires learning their language. There are concepts and ideas that are only reflected well in the native...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2011 9:05 pm UTC

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Discuss the role of needs analysis in an ESL programme for adults. give answer in points

'Needs analysis' is an essential part of successful language acquisition and retention in adults. It identifies valid objectives related to real-life situations. Language is often used as a measure...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 9:14 am UTC

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What is the difference between a finite verb and a modal verb?

A finite verb is basically the most normal kind of verb that you are used to working with. It functions with a subject and shows tense. That means it can be used in the past, present, or future...

Latest answer posted December 3, 2015 2:21 pm UTC

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What does the "se" mean in the indirect statement in Latin?

This is a great question. In Latin, the word, "se" is reflexive. This means that the "se" refers back to the subject. However, when we use the word, "se" in an indirect statement, things change a...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2012 3:58 am UTC

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What does needs analysis in second language teaching mean and how it is carried out?

A 'needs analysis' in this context, is an essential tool in effectively teaching any second language. It is based on assessing different criteria relevant to the learning environment, such as : Are...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 9:46 am UTC

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Discuss the following terms: word, lexicon, vocabulary, and dictionary. 

Below are the definitions to the following terms: word, lexicon, vocabulary, and dictionary. Word- A word is a unit of language that has a discrete meaning. Words are put together to make...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2016 11:35 pm UTC

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What is the best way to write a language analysis (Structure)?...

"Structure" plays two roles in language analysis assignments and exams. (1) It is one component of language analysis: "What is the structure of the text being analyzed?" And (2) it is a...

Latest answer posted October 10, 2013 2:11 pm UTC

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What are the essential characteristics of language?

While there are too many characteristics of language to list and define, we’ll cover some of the most essential characteristics of common languages below. Systematic: Each language follows a...

Latest answer posted May 22, 2020 8:33 pm UTC

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Do different languages create different worlds?    Please, lots of examples & references :) Thanks. 

In a manner of speaking, yes. It depends on the definition of langauge you choose. If you are talking about the different dialects spoken on the Earth, all 3000-6000 of them, there are subtle...

Latest answer posted April 10, 2012 5:56 pm UTC

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Can you please provide suggestions on how I can improve my writing and correct any grammatical errors if noted? ...

Sentence structure, vocabulary, grammar and punctuation are all important language skills. To improve vocabulary, think of synonyms and antonyms for words you are familiar with and try and use them...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 8:32 am UTC

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Which variety of English would be appropriate for writing a letter to the Minister of Education raising your concerns...

When asking about "which variety of English would be appropriate," you are asking about which linguistic "register" would be appropriate to use in a given situation among given participants. To...

Latest answer posted August 24, 2016 6:21 pm UTC

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Would you explain the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis of language and culture and say why one might agree with it?

Though Sapir and Whorf never collaborated the particular "mould theory" that is attributed to their names posits that objective reality is not stable in its conceptualizations and that these...

Latest answer posted July 22, 2013 10:33 pm UTC

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What do you think is the most effective way that a teacher can assess fluency? Explain your answer What do you think...

There are two types of fluency- reading and writing. In either case, it can best be assessed with a well-chosen topic. For reading, there should be some unusual words, but not many and not the...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012 5:15 am UTC

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What does "He didn't realize the magnitude of something" exactly mean? Thanks

Magnitude essentially just means large size, but it could be used metaphoricallly to means such things as "He didn't realize the importance of" or "He didn't realize the possible ramifications of"...

Latest answer posted May 23, 2012 1:22 pm UTC

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how does language evolve from caveman to modern language

Some kind of systematic audible communication evolved 500,000 years ago based on the study of ear bones. The sharp rise in the number of human artifacts from 40,000 years ago suggests that...

Latest answer posted January 24, 2012 8:39 am UTC

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What is the hardest language in the world? WHY,,,  can you give me 5 hard languages for English speakers? OR  the...

In accord with the above post, if a civilized language differs greatly from one's native language in alphabet and sounds, it is more difficult to learn, certainly. Chinese and Japanese do, also,...

Latest answer posted August 4, 2012 10:00 pm UTC

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Can you please provide suggestions on how I can improve my writing and correct any grammatical errors if noted? ...

In ensuring that facts are interpreted correctly and recalled effectively, in a factual essay, try not to over-burden the reader. Facts will become unimportant if the reader cannot easily remember...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 9:34 am UTC

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Can you please provide suggestions on how I can improve my writing and correct any grammatical errors if noted? ...

When writing down facts, lists are very useful and the use of bullet points helps but a sentence still needs to be complete and tenses need to correlate. Be sure not to add unnecessary words. You...

Latest answer posted September 2, 2013 8:59 am UTC

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Do we need to understand the nature of Second Language (L2) writing in order to teach either the L2 writing or language?

Writing is a complex process that requires the author to be aware of and combine various components of language successfully. (University of Texas) The writing process in a first language (L2)...

Latest answer posted May 19, 2013 10:17 pm UTC

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What are some good sources and articles for someone researching language preservation efforts around the world?

With the resurgance of efforts at preserving Native American languages here in the United States, there is no shortage of available material on language preservation. Outside of the United States,...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2013 5:26 pm UTC

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Is the following sentence compound, complex or compound-complex?  At 11:40 p.m on April 14, lookouts in the ship's...

I am permitted to answer only your first question in terms of eNotes rules. Please post them separately (individually). What I can do is explain how compound, complex and compound-complex sentences...

Latest answer posted October 26, 2012 2:30 pm UTC

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Use the word "panache" in a sentence.

Today, relevant usage of the word panache means: a grand or flamboyant manner; verve; style; flair (Random House Dictionary) Therefore, if you need to use the term in a sentence, you are probably...

Latest answer posted May 1, 2013 2:28 am UTC

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Vocabulary and Knowledge Is our knowledge affected by the vocabulary that we have? Can we still know something...

One personal example I can think of is crochet. I learned to crochet as a young girl. I was taught by physically mirroring rather than learning the actual words from a book. I have no idea what...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2012 1:54 am UTC

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Can you please provide suggestions on how I can improve my writing and correct any grammatical errors if noted?  Why...

The facts presented in this passage are mostly informal such as "apple-shaped body..." (please note the correction). The word "aetiology" is possibly out of place as most people reading this will...

Latest answer posted September 4, 2013 10:03 am UTC

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Select two terms that are examples of how English has spread as an international language.   Glitch,...

The terms that you have added to your question are definitely words, phrases and abbreviations that represent a modern culture of English and indeed of technology. Some of the words are quite...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2012 4:12 pm UTC

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