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Language of Comedy

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Introductory level Duration 30 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Leading comedians and writers share their insights into how people manipulate language to generate humour and what this reveals about society. 

Language of Comedy - Catchphrases

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases using Steve Martin and the Fast Show's spoof of Downton Abbey as examples.

Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
German comedian Henning Wehn looks at how comedians play with cultural stereotypes as a source of humour. 

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Form and uses of language

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Introductory level Duration 4 hours Updated 04 Jul 2013
In this unit we will consider how language can be used in different ways for different purposes. To do this we will use the theme of memorial and...

Exploring the English language

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Intermediate level Duration 9 hours Updated 15 Jun 2011
How has the English language changed over the course of the last 500 years? What are the social and political contexts that have affected how these...