Searching for the right words… Our awareness of Sociolect means we constantly search our language resources for the most a...
Could I borrow your phone for a minute? <ul><li>Find as many ways to say no as possible following the following categories...
Could I borrow your phone for a minute? <ul><li>Find as many ways to say no as possible following the following categories...
It’s natural <ul><li>Saying no to a four year old asking for another biscuit: </li></ul><ul><li>You’ve just had one </li><...
Taboo and Euphemism – are you ready? Taboo –  Noun: A custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbiddin...
Group the words you’re holding into the following categories… <ul><li>Medical/technical </li></ul><ul><li>Polite/formal </...
 
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  1. 1. Searching for the right words… Our awareness of Sociolect means we constantly search our language resources for the most appropriate forms of expression.
  2. 2. Could I borrow your phone for a minute? <ul><li>Find as many ways to say no as possible following the following categories: </li></ul><ul><li>Inarticulate </li></ul><ul><li>Apologetic </li></ul><ul><li>Evasive </li></ul><ul><li>Definitive </li></ul><ul><li>Excuses </li></ul><ul><li>Cliches/Euphemism </li></ul>
  3. 3. Could I borrow your phone for a minute? <ul><li>Find as many ways to say no as possible following the following categories: </li></ul><ul><li>Inarticulate – ah, oh </li></ul><ul><li>Apologetic – can’t help, sorry, I’m afraid… </li></ul><ul><li>Evasive – Must dash, not right now, thing is… </li></ul><ul><li>Definitive – no way, no chance, not in a million years, fat chance, push off, you are kidding </li></ul><ul><li>Excuses – if I had credit, I’m not on contract, so-and-so’s waiting for me </li></ul><ul><li>Cliches/Euphemism – chance would be a fine thing, dream on, pull the other one </li></ul>
  4. 4. It’s natural <ul><li>Saying no to a four year old asking for another biscuit: </li></ul><ul><li>You’ve just had one </li></ul><ul><li>It’ll be tea time soon </li></ul><ul><li>Ask Daddy </li></ul><ul><li>I haven’t heard the magic word yet </li></ul>
  5. 5. Taboo and Euphemism – are you ready? Taboo – Noun: A custom prohibiting or restricting a particular practice or forbidding association with a particular person, place, or thing. Adjective: Prohibited or restricted by custom. Euphemism - Noun: A mild or indirect word or expression for one too harsh or blunt when referring to something unpleasant or embarrassing
  6. 6. Group the words you’re holding into the following categories… <ul><li>Medical/technical </li></ul><ul><li>Polite/formal </li></ul><ul><li>Casual/slang </li></ul><ul><li>Which words are acceptable in a classroom environment? </li></ul>

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