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Comparing the Language Registers: Analyzing the Formality Divide Between Educational Mission Statements and Casual Phone Conversations


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Question: TEXT A 5. 10 15 CHANGE THE WORLD 1. The motto of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University is: “Change the World”, a noble mission inspired by the famous statement, Nelson Mandela that “education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. For, “it is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of a mine, that the child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation”. 2. True to the legacy of Nelson Mandela, this University is also a value- driven institution where social justice and equality are paramount in the endeavour to rectify the inequalities in our world. The African philosophy of “ubuntu” underpins what you aim for and do as an institution. 3. Like all universities the world over, in line with your values, you had to quickly adapt in the face of the pandemic to offer your twenty-nine thousand or more students online and mask-to-mask tuition. This has not been easy for you, especially given the gap in content knowledge between those who are privileged to have access to data, devices, and internet and those who do not. Source: Adapted from 2. Read the following transcription of a telephone conversation, (TEXT B) and answer the question that follows. TEXT B Telephone conversation Jakie: Hey Sbo! Just saw your missed call, what’s up? Sibonelo: Was just checking if you’re up for the soccer practice this afternoon. Jakie: I can’t go bro, I’m feeling a bit under the weather. I have to take some meds and sleep. Sibonelo: Ohh! Sorry bro; will tell the coach. Cheers! Source: Own creativity Refer to both TEXT A and TEXT B Discuss the differences in the register used in TEXT A and Text B? Cite examples from the two texts to support your answer. (6)

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The register of a piece of writing refers to the tone, style, and type of language used depending on the context, audience and purpose. When referring to TEXT A and TEXT B, there are clear differences in the register which can be attributed to the different contexts and purposes of these texts. TEXT A is an excerpt from a formal document, likely a mission statement or informative article, from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. The register here is formal and academic. The language used is complex with advanced vocabulary and full, structured sentences, demonstrating the seriousness and importance of the topic being discussed. Phrases like "value-driven institution", "endeavour to rectify the inequalities", and "African philosophy of 'ubuntu'" showcase this level of formality and complexity. TEXT B, on the other hand, is a transcription of a casual phone conversation between friends. The register is informal and conversational. The language used is more simplistic, with short sentences, colloquial language and abbreviated words. The tone is also casual, indicated by phrases such as "Hey Sbo!" and "I can't go bro". Thus, the register in TEXT A is formal and informative, suited for a formal or academic audience and purpose, while the register in TEXT B is informal and casual, suited for a personal, everyday conversation between friends.

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Feb. 21, 2024, 12:46 a.m.

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Published: Wednesday, February 21, 2024

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