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Monday, 14 January 2013

Reflection on discourse features

        I have learned that the English language is more than just grammar and vocabulary, it is also about communication.
        Spoken language can be planned or unplanned. Planned spoken language is like giving a speech to an audience, it was prepared. Unplanned spoken language, on the other hand, is like speaking with a friend on the street, it is not prepared.
        The list of unplanned spoken language discourse features are: ellipsis, back-channel, binomials and trinomials, discourse markers, hedging, fronting, tags an vague language. They can be used by either the speakers or the listeners.
        Ellipsis is when we omit a part for a sentence and yet the it has the same meaning. This can be used to shorten the time it takes to say the sentence.
        Back-channel is the noises or short verbal responses the listeners make to show that they are paying attention.
        Binomials and trinomials are types of expressions that cannot be changed.
        Discourse markers are markers that show that you are about to say something opposite of what you said earlier.
        Hedging and vague language are similar and are used when the speaker wants to beat about the bush and make the listeners think a little to understand what they are saying.
        Fronting is when you change the subject of a sentence to change the emphasis. This can be used when you want to divert attention from one subject to another.
        Tags are phrases comprising of auxiliary verbs and pronouns which are added to a declarative sentence.
         Discourse features help us communicate better with people around us by enhancing our speech with more words and sometimes we don't even know we use it.

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