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Describing language
Describing language

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7 Summary of Week 8

Congratulations on reaching the end of this course on describing language!

When you started this course the first question you came across was ‘What makes a language?’. Over the last eight weeks, you’ve used English as a case study to start to answer this question.

You now know how to spot all of the key components of a language (from morphemes to clauses) and you’ve learned how all of these different building blocks can be put together. What’s more, as you’ve seen this week in particular, now that you know how language is put together, you can spot where people flout the ‘rules’ and get creative with language.

You finished this week by looking at how language is used in the real world, and you’re encouraged to keep scrutinising the language you come across. You’ve mastered the basics and your journey into the wonderful world of language description has now begun … take your new-found skills with you and keep exploring!