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December 5, 2019

Intertexuality in Language and Literature

How does intertextuality contribute to meaning within texts?

Intertextuality contribute to the meaning within texts through a shared frame of reference with its audiences. By using intertextuality, the text will not only have meaning to the general public, another meaning can be formed through the understanding of the references and allusions. This property of intertextual texts appeals to specific audiences and allow the author to further narrow the target audience. Through this, the ideas the author communicates is strengthened for the specific target audience. The values and context of the referenced text can also contribute to the context of the main text without any further explanation, thus, allowing the audience to understand and interpret on their own.

What is gained and lost through the use of intertextuality?

Context behind the message conveyed in a text is gained through the referenced text. By referring or alluding to another text, values and context behind those texts are transferred to the main text. Furthermore, having a shared frame of reference with the target audience creates covert prestige, allowing ideas to be conveyed with more reliability. However, the use of intertextuality may result in loss of meaning for other audiences who don’t get the text. Although sometimes it may be seen as a benefit, a smaller audience would mean that the message conveyed will be to a smaller audience and may have a lesser impact.

September 11, 2018
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What does your language say about you and your culture?

Points I gathered:

Even though we use the same language, culture changes the language. Culture can be considered a speech community. Something that stands out is how race applies in this. The white kid who spoke Singlish may consider himself to be part of the Singaporean culture, but his race makes his appearance very weird. Weird enough to be filmed on a video. The language we speak in defines our culture and who we are. Specific language or dialect will give a sense of identity and belonging to a speech group and gain covert prestige.

Code switching tells a lot about how comfortable someone is within the speech group. If the members of the group speaks similarly, it may be a representation that they have been together for long, thereby giving a sense of unity. When code switching, Obama is saying, “I’m a part of your culture because I understand and speak your speech.” As I said before, ethnicity and race plays a big part too. If someone like Mitt Romney tries code switching to another speech group, it appears out of place.

For smaller culture or social groups, the speech will divert more from the normal standard language. This is because it gives a stronger sense of unity. Speaking in jargon that confuses outsiders is similar to an inside joke. It shows the close bond and the time the group has spent together. It is also a good way to identify members of the group quickly as all you have to do is listen to them speak.

My culture speaks in a completely different language. It is hard to compare two different languages, but the attitude I have when speaking Chinese in my ethnic culture group is different than when I speak in English. In Chinese, my speech is more relaxed and free (probably because I speak Chinese at home) while when speaking English my attitude is more direct. Therefore, my language tells my attitude and identity as well as what culture I am a part of.

August 23, 2018

Math and Me

Michael Yin. IGCSE CIM and Additional maths.

I do not have particular feelings for this subject. Sometimes I enjoy doing it, other times it is a chore. I think it depends on the different topics.

On this scale I would put myself right in the middle. I like to struggle some at first, but if I can’t find a method I would like the problem to be explained. If I am truly “Stuck” I will either ask other people for help, or if other people are unavailable, google solutions for the problem.

My biggest strength is flexibility. I learn about all different types of mathematics and I am yet to find a speciality or an area where I struggled a lot in. This could both be a strength and a weakness. For the first few weeks of grade 11 I would like to focus on being diligent. After a summer without much mathematics, I want to get back into business and get the gears in my brain running again as soon as possible.

Something I would like my teachers to know about me is that I prefer working on problems on the textbook and learning from that instead of working on problems together as a class. I feel the pacing will be either too slow or too fast when we work on a problem together.

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