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Author Shepherd, Valerie.

Title Playing the language game / Valerie Shepherd
Published Buckingham, [England] ; Philadelphia : Open University Press, 1993


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Description xii, 143 pages ; 23 cm
Series English, language, and education
English, language, and education series.
Contents 1. Learning about language -- 2. Playing the game -- 3. The Games -- Sect. 1. The elements of language -- 1.1. Signing (the arbitrary nature of language symbols with Sequels re visual signs, intonation and stress, and signing by people whose hearing is impaired) -- 1.2. We're Only Human (significant features of human communication, with particular reference to structure dependence and a Sequel looking at this through poetry) -- 1.3. Knowing the Rules (dispelling anxiety about the rules of syntax and morphology and also looking at the nature of linguistic knowledge in Chomskyan terms) -- 1.4. Identikits (syntactic metalanguage, with some reference to semantics and links to literary criticism) -- 1.5. Jigsaw Puzzles (morphological rules, related to poetry, and with a Sequel discussing innovative feminist and Rastafarian word building) -- 1.6. Sounds Suspicious (transcribing sounds) -- 1.7. Sound Sense (meaningful intonation and stress) -- 1.8. Language for Living (thinking through metaphors, with a Sequel concerning the metaphors used to talk about AIDS) -- Sect. 2. Language in performance -- Spoken language -- 2.1. Variety Performance (the interrelationship of language and situation with a critical look at the notion of 'appropriateness') -- 2.2. Sounds Familiar (attitudes to language varieties and their users) -- 2.3. Talking Power (language in relation to gender and power) -- 2.4. Cross Talk (cultural variation in language use) -- 2.5. Cracking the Joke! (cooperative and non-cooperative conversation) -- Written or spoken language -- 2.6. Talking 'Proper'? (the teaching of Standard and Non-standard English in schools) -- 2.7. Shaping Thought (persuasive stylistic choice, with reference to the Whorfian hypothesis) -- 2.8. Form and Focus (production and audience limitation on stylistic choice) -- 2.9. Laying Down the Language Law (language planning, at home and abroad) -- 4. Projects: The description, analysis and critical explanation of 'real' texts
Analysis Great Britain
Secondary schools Curriculum English language
Great Britain
Secondary schools Curriculum English language
Notes Bibliography: p136-139. - Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [136]-139) and index
Subject English language -- Study and teaching.
English language -- Usage.
Language and languages.
LC no. 92018668
ISBN 0335099394