Pragmatics in Digital Spaces

Pragmatics in Digital Spaces is an informative vlog that discusses the usage of hashtags on social media, how text message language can be misread, and the new concept of emoji’s becoming its own form of communication through visuals rather words, in order to explain how we can use pragmatics in digital spaces to communicate more effectively in daily activities.

Patois: Language or Dialect?

Patois was developed in Jamaica when slaves were brought from Africa to the island. The language started as a coded dialect that slaves created as their own form of English so that the slave owners wouldn’t understand what they were talking about. The attractive, yet confusing dialect has grown into a language of strong culture and creates pride in the people of Jamaica. Until this day it is a uniting force between Jamaican people all over the world.

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British Accents: Phonetic Research

I absolutely love how wherever you go in the world, accents can be sectioned off by region based on enunciation, letters being dropped, and a certain tenacity for the way things are stated, questioned, and expressed. Accents in Great Britain vary based on regional location and social class.

In 1912, there was an obvious divide of social/economic classes in England. The upper class were wealthy individuals who spoke with a Received Pronunciation or “the Queen’s English” accent. The lower class consisted of poor people spoke in a less proper Cockney accent. These two particular British accents could be observed through the lens of media in the film, My Fair Lady, which is based on the playwright, Pygmalion, written by George Bernard Shaw.

In this study, I explore the differences between a Cockney accent and Received Pronunciation accent using examples from both Pygmalion and My Fair Lady, as well as the differences in how societal class influenced the two well-known British accents.

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For the Love of Grammar

This blog series focus on a fun, new way of looking at the parts of English that I love, you love, and we love. From learning more about the history of English words created by Shakespeare to the importance of rhetoric in how we use language to communicate every single moment to the purpose of social media and enjoying the entertainment behind taking selfies.

At the beginning of the grammar course, I thought I was going to be learning about corrective grammar, spelling, sentence structure, and all the boring parts of English that most people don’t think about, let alone enjoy. So you could only imagine the smile on my face when I got to the class and found out we would be talking about an assortment of awesome material like rhetoric, social media, history of English, dialects and accents, and speech writing. I have learned so much from taking this course. If you’re interested to see what that consist of please visit my Linguistic Studies section.

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For your Love of Social Media

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Ian McCarthy provides a representative analysis of how Facebook & Twitter are being used to give people a social media brand in a video published on YouTube. In the video, the building blocks of successfully using social media include sharing, conversations, groups, reputation, relationships, presence, and identity. But how does the information provided relate to Instagram?

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For our Love of Rhetoric

Roman philosopher, Cicero, defined the five canons of rhetoric as five overlapping divisions of the rhetorical process:

1. Invention: the “what” part of rhetoric where the process of creating, developing, and formulating an argument happens.

2. Arrangement: “how” you write/say the “what”. This can be considered a narrative from beginning to middle to end. For example, an introduction would consist of a thesis that establishes authority (ethos), the body of an argument is where evidence is provided (logos/pathos /ethos) and lastly a conclusion wraps everything up in a pretty bow by making a general statement about your topic (pathos).

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For my Love of Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare was born on April 26, 1564 and died on April 23, 1616. He was an English poet, playwright, and actor, infamously known as one of the greatest writer’s in the English language and world-renowned dramatist. His works extend into several collections from narrative poems, 38 plays, and 154 sonnets.

Shakespeare’s most popular works were created between 1589 and 1613. His early plays were considered some of the best-produced comedies and histories of that time. In 1608, Shakespeare began writing tragedies. The first among those were Hamlet, Othello, King Lear, and Macbeth. Closer to the end of his work he wrote romances.

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