Report on Linguistics for Literacy

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Running head: LINGUISTICS FOR LITERACYLinguistics for LiteracyName of the Student:Name of the University:Author note:
1LINGUISTICS FOR LITERACYThe letter written by the young student, Liam to his parents, for expressing his desire tobe allowed to choose his bedtime is impressive. However, despite the clearly explained context,there are prominent grammatical errors as well as flaws in the sentence structure, which requireimmediate attention. These flaws in the writing will be discussed in the report.Text Type:First of all, one can write for various purposes, addressing various important facts, andmeant for different sets of audience. Accordingly, there can be different types of text types,factual text, persuasive text, literary text and others. The letter written by Liam is an example ofa persuasive text, as the writer writes this text with the ulterior motive of establishing his ownpoint of view, as well as persuading and influencing the views of the listener. While there arevarious kinds of persuasive texts, this one can be regarded as an exposition, as the writer not onlytries to influence the perception of the writer but also intends to offer valid reasons to justify herpoint of view as well. In order to establish her viewpoint that he should be allowed to choose hisbed time, Liam offers a list of arguments, like he has to attend his personal works, he needs o bemore responsible to make his own decisions and others which characterize it as an expositionpersuasive text. His repetitive use of the word “would” also suggests the same.Grammatical Features of the Text:As a 4 year old child, Liam’s writing is more or less free from grammatical errors, thoughthere are slight mistakes detected as well. First of all, “although” is usually followed by aconjunction such as “but” , and yet Liam omits the same in the opening sentence. Again, there isalso a redundant use of Pronouns in sentences. For example, Liam writes-
2LINGUISTICS FOR LITERACY“...I am the only onewhoknows when I am tired”, where Liam could have easily avoided the useofwhoand rather written,I am the only one to know when I am tired. The use of “who”wasabsolutely unnecessary, and makes the sentence long and complicated. Again, he lacksknowledge about the correct use of Tense, as he writes-“Since I turned ten years old...”. Here, he intended to write that he is still 10, and hence heshould have used the present tense or Present Perfect Tense, but ends up writing the sentence inSimple Past Tense. Again, Liam writes “...I am just not tired at the timeyou set for my bedtime”.The last part of the sentence is erroneous, as the right expression isyou set my bedtime, and theuse of proposition “for” accounts for the grammatical inaccuracy. After having presented the listof his arguments as to why should he be allowed to choose his own bedtime, Liam writesSurprisingly, this new privilege would actually help me become more responsible”, and here theword “surprisingly” fails to make any sense. He should have written that “you people might besurprised to knowthat this will help me become more responsible”. This is because, the factsdisclosed brings no surprise to him, as he himself is well-aware of the benefits of sleeping early,and rather intends to surprise his parents. Usually, the use of “so” is followd by “that”. However,in the sentence, “Sometimes I want to go to bed early because I amsotired.” , Liam should havewritten “I am too tired”, or “I am so tired that I wish to go to bed”. However, the way he uses“would” instead of “will” to suggest something that has not yet happened, or his use of comaafter “also” at the beginning of a sentence, definitely shows his sound knowledge of thegrammatical and punctuation marks.Sentence Structure:
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