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LING 131 LANGUAGE AND STYLE Lecture Week 1: Style, meaning and language levels 1. ADVERTISING SLOGANS AND LINGUISTIC LEVELS Aphreaudisiac ( advert for Perrier water ) 2:2UESDAY ( advert for Elemental nightclub ) Don’t get stuck in a rut ( advert for Renault ) It’s right tasty is Webster’s ( advert for a brand of beer ) Carpenter in Nazareth seeks joiners ( advert for a Bible society ) 2. STYLE, MEANING AND CHOICE IN POEMS on place I stood upon a high mountain in hill terrified And saw, laughing many devils. below Running, Dancing, leaping, Singing, living And indulging in sin carousing I sadly They looked up, grinning One to heaven “Comrade! Brother!” And said “Join us!” “Help me!” (Stephen Crane, The Black Rider and Other Lines part IX, 1895)
Anthem for Doomed Youth 1 What passing-bells for these who die as cattle? 2 Only the monstrous anger of the guns. 3 Only the stuttering rifles' rapid rattle 4 Can patter out their hasty orisons. 5 No mockeries now for them; no prayers nor bells; 6 Nor any voice of mourning save the choirs,- 7 The shrill, demented choirs of wailing shells; 8 And bugles calling for them from sad shires. 9 What candles may be held to speed them all? 10 Not in the hands of boys, but in their eyes 11 Shall shine the holy glimmers of good-byes. 12 The pallor of girls' brows shall be their pall; 13 Their flowers the tenderness of patient minds, 14 And each slow dusk a drawing-down of blinds. Wilfred Owen 2
LING 131 Language and Style Tasks for Week 1 seminar TASK A · Look at the following names of pop groups. Think about which language level/s have been manipulated in order to make each name memorable and catchy. Note down your conclusions and bring them to the seminar. INXS THE WHO CHUMBAWAMBA GENESIS FATBOY SLIM THE SPICE GIRLS TASK B On the other side of this handout you will find an early draft of the poem by Wilfred Owen that we looked at in the lecture (we have reproduced the final version as well for ease of reference). · Compare the two versions and for each change think about which language level/s are involved and how it affects the meaning of the poem and your response to it. Again, make a note of your observations and bring them to the seminar. (We have underlined the differences between the two versions). READING Read chapter 1 in Mick Short’s Exploring the Language of Poems, Plays and Prose ( ELPPP ) . Alternative readings (or extra readings, if you want to read more: we would particularly recommend the chapter from Simpson's book): Carter, Ronald (1993) 'Between languages: grammar and lexis in Thomas 3
Hardy's "The Oxen"', in Peter Verdonk (ed.) (1993) Twentieth-century Poetry: From Text To Context , chapter 5, pp. 57-67. Short, Mick (1993) 'To analyse a poem stylistically: "To Paint a Water Lily" by Ted Hughes', in Peter Verdonk (ed.) (1993) Twentieth-century Poetry: From Text To Context , chapter 1, pp. 5-20.

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