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Language of Comedy

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Language of Comedy Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
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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Language of Comedy - Catchphrases Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
The Fast Show's Charlie Higson discusses catchphrases.

Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour

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Language of Comedy - Cross cultural humour Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
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. 

Language of Comedy - Innuendo

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Language of Comedy - Innuendo Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
How do comedians exploit the ambiguities of language in the production of innuendo? Featuring Julian Clary's head-writer, David McGillivray.

Language of Comedy - Social class

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Language of Comedy - Social class Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
The Fast Show writer Charlie Higson discusses how social class and dialects are used as a topic for comedy. 

Language of Comedy - Crafting a joke

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Language of Comedy - Crafting a joke Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 11 Aug 2014
Comedian and actor Isy Suttie looks at how language is manipulated to create jokes, especially one-liners.

What’s in a name?

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 05 Jun 2014
The way in which we use names can influence perception and behaviour without us realising.

Rewriting Jane Austen: when old meets new

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2013
Joanna Trollope's Sense and Sensibility is a modern take on Jane Austen's classic novel. But how close to the original is she?

Can corpus linguistics help with branding?

Can corpus linguistics help with branding? Copyrighted image Credit: © Julija Sapic | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 18 Sep 2013
Having trouble naming your company? Corpus analysis might be able to help.

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Cànan nan Gàidheal

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Cànan nan Gàidheal Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 01 Sep 2011
’S e dùthaich ioma-chànanach a tha ann an Alba an-diugh. Tha a’ Ghàidhlig, Albais agus Beurla, còmhla ri cànain Eòrpach agus eile a tha nise san...

Gaelic in modern Scotland

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Gaelic in modern Scotland Copyrighted image Credit: Used with permission
Introductory level Duration 15 hours Updated 25 Aug 2011
Modern Scotland is a multi-lingual country. Gaelic, Scots and English, along with newer introductions from Europe and beyond, all influence the way...

Croeso: beginners' Welsh

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Croeso: beginners' Welsh Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University 2011
Introductory level Duration 1 hour Updated 10 Feb 2011
Are you interested in learning more about one of Europe's oldest languages? Or would you simply like to brush up on your Welsh? Then look no...

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Certificate of Higher Education Open

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Certificate of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: Irochka | Dreamstime.com Updated content
Duration 1200 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
If you’re keen to try university study and want to keep your options open, this certificate course is ideal. It’s part of our unique Open...

BA/BSc Open degree

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BA/BSc Open degree Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Duration 3000 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
Over 40 per cent of OU students who graduate do so with an Open degree. It’s a statistic we’re proud of – the BA/BSc Open is one of the most...

Diploma of Higher Education Open

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Diploma of Higher Education Open Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
Studying at university level is not just about gaining a degree. We also offer a range of other qualifications, including Certificates and Diplomas...

Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies

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Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 2400 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
The Diploma of Higher Education in Language Studies aims to equip you with the competencies needed to communicate and interact in a range of...

BA (Honours) Language Studies

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BA (Honours) Language Studies Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Duration 3600 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014
Learning a language and about how languages work, including the English language, opens doors to other cultures and communities, giving you an...

Vivace: intermediate Italian

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Vivace: intermediate Italian Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Develop your confidence in understanding, speaking, reading and writing Italian, while gaining insights into many aspects of everyday life in...

Exploring languages and cultures

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Exploring languages and cultures Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University / Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
This module introduces key concepts relating to languages, language learning and plurilingualism. You will develop intercultural skills and...

Andante: beginners' Italian

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Andante: beginners' Italian Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 25 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Learn to speak and understand Italian in various practical situations, and get a real feel for Italian life with this carefully structured...

Reading classical Greek: language and literature

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Reading classical Greek: language and literature Copyrighted image Credit: Dreamstime Updated content
Intermediate level Duration 600 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Teaches beginners the basic vocabulary and grammar needed to start reading classical Greek texts in the original and introduces the culture of...

Beginners' Chinese

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Beginners' Chinese Copyrighted image Credit: The Open University/Karen Parker Updated content
Introductory level Duration 300 hours Updated 24 Nov 2014 Register by 10 Sep 2015
Teaches beginners to speak and understand simple Chinese (Mandarin) in a wide range of practical, everyday situations, and explores aspects of...