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Pop Culture EnglishPhil BensonLinguistics and Modern Languages
Popular culture Englishpopular culturethe language of pop songscreative languagerevisit this lecture at…http://www.ied.edu...
Popular culturethe culture of everyday lifehow we give meaning to everyday activities
Yum cha – eating with meaning
Mediated popular culturethe culture of everyday life as it is represented inand circulated by mass media‘traditional media...
Yum cha in the mediaChialin’s blogYumcha RestaurantsOpenRice – dim sum searchCha siu bao…
Popular culture EnglishPopular culture: circulation of images,sounds and languageHow is English used in different popularc...
Born this wayBorn this way – MV(song starts at 3:00)“…as Lady Gaga wouldsay…”Guardian Books Podcast. interview with Andrew...
What has Lady Gaga contributed tothe English language?Lady……Gagalittle monstersmother monsterTwitter queenGaga monstraparv...
What is pop culture English like?basic vocabulary and grammarrepetitivespoken / colloquialcreative / playfulformulaic
The language of pop songsStudy of top 50 English song lyrics (13,161)• Basic: At the level of simplest graded EFL readers•...
I will survive…At first I was afraidI was petrifiedKept thinking I could never liveWithout you by my sideBut then I spent ...
I will survive…At first I was afraidI was petrifiedKept thinking I could never liveWithout you by my sideBut then I spent ...
I will survive…At first I was afraidI was petrifiedKept thinking I could never liveWithout you by my sideBut then I spent ...
Who are we?• 94% of songs have unspecified ‘I’• 86% have unspecified ‘you’• I, me, my = 10%; you = 5% of total words• 94% ...
Who are pop songs talking to?• ‘I’ speaking to ‘you’ (person in the song)Did you think Id lay down and die? (‘I will survi...
New wordsword meaning originamazeballsbabylagfloordrobego postalMSN-ing
New wordsword meaning originamazeballs an expression of enthusiastic approval bloggingbabylag a feeling of being very tire...
New wordsword meaning originmummy pornomnishamblessickthxtiger mother
New wordsword meaning originmummy porn a genre of erotic fiction designed to appeal towomenjournalismomnishambles somethin...
Memes* – word and imagefacepalmfacepalm compilationvocal fryvocal fry epidemic*meme = an idea that spreads veryquickly via...
‘Brand’ new words
Word play
The linguistics of pop culture Englishword formation examplescompound nouns amazeballs, tiger mother, vocal frycompound ve...
Language play
*$ EnglishRead: How Starbucks shamed you into speaking its languageWatch: The Starbucks Rap
Q & A
Pop Culture Englishrevisit this lecture at…http://www.ied.edu.hk/ele/pls/Thx!!!!!!!miss u!!!!!!!!xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxjoin us ...
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  1. 1. Pop Culture EnglishPhil BensonLinguistics and Modern Languages
  2. 2. Popular culture Englishpopular culturethe language of pop songscreative languagerevisit this lecture at…http://www.ied.edu.hk/ele/pls/
  3. 3. Popular culturethe culture of everyday lifehow we give meaning to everyday activities
  4. 4. Yum cha – eating with meaning
  5. 5. Mediated popular culturethe culture of everyday life as it is represented inand circulated by mass media‘traditional media’pop music, television, films, magazines,newspapers, popular fiction, advertising andbranding‘new media’blogs, reviews, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest,Facebook, Twitter, MSN, SMS….
  6. 6. Yum cha in the mediaChialin’s blogYumcha RestaurantsOpenRice – dim sum searchCha siu bao…
  7. 7. Popular culture EnglishPopular culture: circulation of images,sounds and languageHow is English used in different popularculture media?How does popular culture influenceeveryday English?
  8. 8. Born this wayBorn this way – MV(song starts at 3:00)“…as Lady Gaga wouldsay…”Guardian Books Podcast. interview with AndrewSolomon, author of Far from the treeIm beautiful in my wayCause God makes no mistakesIm on the right track, babyI was born this wayDont hide yourself in regretJust love yourself and youre setIm on the right track, babyI was born this way
  9. 9. What has Lady Gaga contributed tothe English language?Lady……Gagalittle monstersmother monsterTwitter queenGaga monstraparvaMadonna - wannabeJustin Bieber - belieber
  10. 10. What is pop culture English like?basic vocabulary and grammarrepetitivespoken / colloquialcreative / playfulformulaic
  11. 11. The language of pop songsStudy of top 50 English song lyrics (13,161)• Basic: At the level of simplest graded EFL readers• Repetitive: Each word repeated average 3 times per song• Colloquial: 10 words make up 25% of the total:the, to, a, and; I, me, my, you; gonna, loveQuestions and imperatives are frequent (25%)Conversational (I and you)• Creative/playful: No• Formulaic: Frequent repetition of short phrasesMurphey, Tim (1992). The discourse of pop songs. TESOL Quarterly, 26 (4), 770-4
  12. 12. I will survive…At first I was afraidI was petrifiedKept thinking I could never liveWithout you by my sideBut then I spent so many nightsThinking how you did me wrongAnd I grew strongAnd I learned how to get alongAnd so youre backFrom outer spaceI just walked in to find you hereWith that sad look upon your faceI should have changed that stupid lockI should have made you leave your keyIf Ive have known for just one secondYoud be back to bother meGo on now goWalk out the doorJust turn around nowCause youre not welcome anymoreWerent you the one who tried tobreak me with goodbyeDid you think Id crumble?Did you think Id lay down and die?Oh no, not II will surviveOh, as long as I know how to loveI know Ill stay aliveIve got all my life to liveIve got all my love to giveAnd Ill surviveI will survive, hey heyGloria Gaynor
  13. 13. I will survive…At first I was afraidI was petrifiedKept thinking I could never liveWithout you by my sideBut then I spent so many nightsThinking how you did me wrongAnd I grew strongAnd I learned how to get alongBut now youre backFrom outer spaceI just walked in to find you hereWith that sad look upon your faceI should have changed that stupid lockI should have made you leave your keyIf I had known for just one secondYoud be back to bother meGo on now goWalk out the doorJust turn around nowCause youre not welcome anymoreWerent you the one who tried tohurt me with goodbyeDid you think Id crumble?Did you think Id lay down and die?Oh no, not II will surviveOh, as long as I know how to loveI know Ill stay aliveIve got all my life to liveIve got all my love to giveAnd Ill surviveI will survive, I will survive
  14. 14. I will survive…At first I was afraidI was petrifiedKept thinking I could never liveWithout you by my sideBut then I spent so many nightsThinking how you did me wrongAnd I grew strongAnd I learned how to get alongAnd so youre backFrom outer spaceI just walked in to find you hereWith that sad look upon your faceI should have changed that stupid lockI should have made you leave your keyIf Ive have known for just one secondYoud be back to bother meGo on now goWalk out the doorJust turn around nowCause youre not welcome anymoreWerent you the one who tried tobreak me with goodbyeDid you think Id crumble?Did you think Id lay down and die?Oh no, not II will surviveOh, as long as I know how to loveI know Ill stay aliveIve got all my life to liveIve got all my love to giveAnd Ill surviveI will survive, hey hey
  15. 15. Who are we?• 94% of songs have unspecified ‘I’• 86% have unspecified ‘you’• I, me, my = 10%; you = 5% of total words• 94% have no specific time• 80% have no specific place• ‘I Will Survive’: I, me, my = 15%, you = 7%Murphey, Tim (1992). The discourse of pop songs. TESOL Quarterly, 26 (4), 770-4
  16. 16. Who are pop songs talking to?• ‘I’ speaking to ‘you’ (person in the song)Did you think Id lay down and die? (‘I will survive’)• ‘I’ speaking to ‘you’, the audienceYou may say I’m a dreamer… (‘Imagine’ – John Lennon)• ‘I’ telling ‘you’, the audience, a story about ‘me’I did it my way… (‘My way’ – Frank Sinatra)• ‘I’ telling ‘you’, the audience, a story about ‘them’Desmond has a barrow in the market place, Molly is the singer in aband (‘Ob-la-di, Ob-la-da – The Beatles)
  17. 17. New wordsword meaning originamazeballsbabylagfloordrobego postalMSN-ing
  18. 18. New wordsword meaning originamazeballs an expression of enthusiastic approval bloggingbabylag a feeling of being very tired and sometimesconfused because of the lack of sleep caused bylooking after a very young babymarketingfloordrobe a pile of clothes left on the floor of a room ??go postal become extremely angry filmMSN-ing sending messages through an Instant Messenger internet
  19. 19. New wordsword meaning originmummy pornomnishamblessickthxtiger mother
  20. 20. New wordsword meaning originmummy porn a genre of erotic fiction designed to appeal towomenjournalismomnishambles something that is very badly organised and isineffective in every possible waytelevisionsick impressive, especially because of beingfashionable or attractivestreet sportsthx thank you TXT MSGtiger mother a very strict mother who makes her children workparticularly hard and restricts their free time sothat they continually achieve the highest gradesparenting literature
  21. 21. Memes* – word and imagefacepalmfacepalm compilationvocal fryvocal fry epidemic*meme = an idea that spreads veryquickly via the Internet
  22. 22. ‘Brand’ new words
  23. 23. Word play
  24. 24. The linguistics of pop culture Englishword formation examplescompound nouns amazeballs, tiger mother, vocal frycompound verbs go postalitem substitution babylag (<- jetlag), mummy porn (<- soft/hard porn)bridezilla (<- Godzilla), cyberbully (<- cyberspace)blending floordrobe, newphoria, froyoliciousmorphologicalderivationomnishamblesconversion MSN-ing (noun to verb), facepalm (compound + noun to verb)respelling thxsemantic change sick
  25. 25. Language play
  26. 26. *$ EnglishRead: How Starbucks shamed you into speaking its languageWatch: The Starbucks Rap
  27. 27. Q & A
  28. 28. Pop Culture Englishrevisit this lecture at…http://www.ied.edu.hk/ele/pls/Thx!!!!!!!miss u!!!!!!!!xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxjoin us on facebook
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