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Describing language
Describing language

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Week 7: Putting it all together


Berlin, Germany, March 2017: Master Yoda wax figure looking thoughtful and wise in Madame Tussaud's museum; Yuri Turkov /
Figure 1 A Jedi Master’s language.

‘Important the order of words in language is’, as Yoda, the Jedi Master from Star Wars might put it. We can’t just put the words we want into any order and expect our meaning to be clear; we build words into sentences in a regular order. If we don’t follow this order, we might end up with sentences that people won’t understand. (At the very least, we might sound a bit odd!) This week, you’ll be looking at how to order words together so that we can use language effectively.

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • explain that words do not occur in random sequences
  • show how the ordering of words can change the meaning of a sentence
  • find the subject and object of a sentence
  • show how we build more than one idea into a more complex sentence.