Lang & Lit

Lost in Translation

The study of the texts produced in a language is central to an active engagement with language and culture and, by extension, to how we see and understand the world in which we live. A key aim of the language A: language and literature course is to encourage students to question the meaning generated by language and texts, which, it can be argued, is rarely straightforward and unambiguous. Helping students to focus closely on the language of the texts they study and to become aware of the role of each text’s wider context in shaping its meaning is central to the course (Language A: Language and Literature Guide, 5).


I’d like you to try using Growly Notes to organise your notes for this subject (and perhaps others).

  1. Locate Growly Notes on your laptop and move it to the dock
  2. Download the notebook template here.
  3. Browse the layout and find the first set of activities.

What do we mean by language?

Which of the following words could be a word in English? 

pttlpp pittle tuckchrm techlore

Which of the following word combinations are possible in English? 

John hit the ball        hit John the ball       John the ball hit

How much sense do thees two paragraphs make? 

Tiny couches make their way slowly into the cup. The cup is completely devoid of windows so the couches are not able to see the surrounding books. The couches are more relaxed because they cannot see the books; they no longer have to fear the books’ sharp teeth, their claws, their anger. This also means, though, that the books have left the dolphins outside to fend for themselves.

This bonkoll the Potoline corporation will be introducing a predile dento to petch with the popular iToto from the seemorific Gondo group. Last bonkoll’s breeo petted briefly but was eventually dintered because of its slelto fortline. Potoline shleeks that this bonkol’s talk will not clot the same todrill.

TASK: What do these examples tell you about the rules of language? What do they tell you about the creative possibilities of language? 

Define: Language

Add your definitions of language here.

Literary Glossary

Download a copy of the literary glossary here.

Image: ‘Lost In Translation

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