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All About Alliteration

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Leo Selivan
Alliteration is used across all genres: poetry and nursery rhymes (“tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor”), advertising and pop culture (Mickey Mouse) as well as everyday life (Bed & Breakfast, credit crunch). In this light hearted workshop we will look at some classroom activities to make your students more aware of this phenomenon in English.

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  • Pride & prejudice Bend it like Beckham
  • Somewhat similar -2 nd most common collocation after different ironically Fundamentally flawed -2 nd also after differernt Fatally flawed – 3 rd common for flawed. 1 st common for fatally Increasingly important – 2 nd also after different Deadly dull -3 rd Badly bruised 2nd after badly, badly broken 4 th Strangely silent - 1 st common with adverv and very common advebr before silent Fully fledged (4 th after fully) (1 st before fledged) Deeply disappointed Particularly popular Surprisingly strong / small 3 common adverbs: Simply stunning simply splending / clearly concerned?? / Dramatically different (1st with after dramatically) Poorly planned / poorly protected / properly planned She’s so prim and proper I was scared stiff Highly unlikely 2 nd afer highly Reaady made??? Consonance?
  • Somewhat similar -2 nd most common collocation after different ironically Fundamentally flawed -2 nd also after differernt Fatally flawed – 3 rd common for flawed. 1 st common for fatally Increasingly important – 2 nd also after different Deadly dull -3 rd Badly bruised 2nd after badly, badly broken 4 th Strangely silent - 1 st common with adverv and very common advebr before silent Fully fledged (4 th after fully) (1 st before fledged) Deeply disappointed Particularly popular Surprisingly strong / small 3 common adverbs: Simply stunning simply splending / clearly concerned / Dramatically different (1st with after dramatically) Poorly planned / poorly protected / properly planned She’s so prim and proper I was scared stiff Highly unlikely 2 nd afer highly Reaady made??? Consonance?
  • Handsome Harry hired hundreds of hippos for Hanukkah. Finish the following sentences with alliterative words.   4. Doodling daughters __________________________________________. 5. Prickly pears _______________________________________________. 6. Studious students ____________________________________________. 7. Sunny skies ________________________________________________.
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    • 1. All about Alliteration Leo Selivan British Council
    • 2.  
    • 3. Examples
      • No r hyme or r eason
      • s afe and s ound
      • It’s n ow or n ever
      • d own in the d umps
      • t urn the t ables
      • p art and p arcel
      • p eer p ressure
    • 4. Nursery rhymes
      • Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers
      • Betty Botter bought some butter
      • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor
    • 5. In poetry
      • Tyger! Tyger! b urning b right In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could f rame thy f earful symmetry?
      • William Blake “The Tyger”
      • Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,  With b eaded b ubbles winking at the b rim, 
      • John Keats "Ode to a Nightingale"
      • A h urry of h oofs in a village street, A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark, And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, a s park S truck out by a s teed f lying f earless and f leet;
      • H. W. Longfellow “Paul Revere’s Ride”
    • 6. Harry Potter
      • Salazar Slytherin
      • Helga Hufflepuff
      • Cho Chang
      • Godric Gryffindor
      • Bathilda Bagshot
      • Gellert Grindelwald
      • Dedalus Diggle
      • Dinky Duddydums
      • Pansy Parkinson
      • About 1/3 of the names alliterate
      • About 1/3 chapter titles alliterate
    • 7. Two types
      • Assonance
      • J u mp the g u n
      • S ay a pr ay er
      • Consonance
      • B etty B otter
      • Rea d y ma d e
      Alliteration in its traditional sense
    • 8. Why use?
      • Memorable
      • Fun
      • Creative writing
    • 9. B & B
      • Bed & breakfast
      • Baby blues
      • Baby boom
      • B argain basement
      • Beer belly
      • Beach bum
      • The Big Bang
      • “ Bend it like Beckham”
    • 10. In the media
      • Bed & brawl for British tourists
      • Party Like Paris Hilton
    • 11.  
    • 12.  
    • 13. More examples
      • Lexicalise your Lesson
      • Collocation Corpus Classroom
      • Connect! Communicate! Collaborate!
      • Recycling & Revising Lexis
      • “ in the classrooms of Berlin, Bangkok, and Beersheva, English is everywhere” (Bagrut paper)
    • 14. Other uses
      • Popular culture
      • Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck
      • Brand names
      • “ Coffee Corner", "Sushi Station", "Best Buy”, ”Dunkin’ donuts”, “Weight Watchers”
      • Advertising slogans
      • “ Guinness is good for you”
      • “ Put a tiger in your tank”
      • "The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand."
    • 15.  
    • 16. Research on retaining
      • Easier to remember
      • S eek + s anctuary / s ettlement / s olution / s olace / s olitude / s upport / a s ylym
      • L ook for + /s/-nouns?
      • Only 1 ( s olution)
      • Lindstromberg & Boers (2005)
    • 17. Some statistics
      • about 40 % of similes alliterate
      • cool as a cucumber
      • fit as a fiddle
    • 18. Why so frequent in English?
      • Word order (SVO)
      • Few inflections ( take-takes-taking-took-taken )
      • Word stress (often on the first syllable)
      • Lack of good rhymes (?)
    • 19. Research (cont.)
      • Multi-word expressions that alliterate are more memorable
      • Can be used as mnemonic
      Boers, F. & Lindstromberg, S. (2005)
    • 20. Personal experience
      • Students remember alliterated chunks better
      • She’s so prim and proper
      • I was scared stiff
      • It’s a slippery slope
    • 21. Common collocations
      • somewhat similar (2 nd most common)
      • fundamentally flawed (2 nd most common)
      • fatally flawed (most common)
      • increasingly important (2 nd most common)
      • deadly dull (3 rrd most common)
      • badly bruised (2 nd most common) / badly broken – also common
      • strangely silent (most common)
    • 22. Common collocations (cont.)
      • fully fledged
      • deeply disappointed
      • particularly popular
      • surprisingly strong / surprisingly small
      • simply stunning / simply splendid / simply superb
      • distinctly different / dramatically different
      • poorly planned / poorly protected
    • 23. Classroom ideas
      • Alliterated personality adjectives - nicknames
      • e.g. Lexical Leo
      • Newspaper headlines
      • Make your own travel guides / brochures
      • Look at songs, especially rap
      • Make up twisters about famous people
      • Make up slogans for products you use
      • Highlight alliteration when teaching chunks
    • 24. Song
      • How many alliterated words can you find?
    • 25. References
      • Boers, F. & Lindstromberg, S. (2005). Finding ways to make phrase-learning feasible: The mnemonic effect of alliteration . System, 33(2), 225-238
      • Lindstromberg, S. & Boers, F. (2005). Means of
      • mass memorization of multi-word expressions. Humanising Language Teaching, 7(1)
      • http://www.hltmag.co.uk/jan05/mart03.htm

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