All About Alliteration

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Leo Selivan Alliteration is used across all genres: poetry and nursery rhymes (“tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor”), advertising and pop culture (Mickey Mouse) as well as everyday life (Bed & Breakfast, credit crunch). In this light hearted workshop we will look at some classroom activities to make your students more aware of this phenomenon in English.

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  • 1. All about Alliteration Leo Selivan British Council

2. 3. Examples

  • Nor hyme orr eason
  • s afe ands ound
  • Itsn ow orn ever
  • d own in thed umps
  • t urn thet ables
  • p art andp arcel
  • p eerp ressure

4. Nursery rhymes

  • PeterPiperpicked apeckofpickled peppers
  • Betty Botter bought some butter
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor

5. In poetry

  • Tyger! Tyger!b urningb right In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Couldf rame thyf earful symmetry?
  • William Blake The Tyger
  • Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene, Withb eadedb ubbles winking at theb rim,
  • John Keats "Ode to a Nightingale"
  • Ah urry ofh oofs in a village street, A shape in the moonlight, a bulk in the dark, And beneath, from the pebbles, in passing, as park S truck out by as teedf lyingf earless andf leet;
  • H. W. LongfellowPaul Reveres Ride

6. Harry Potter

  • Salazar Slytherin
  • Helga Hufflepuff
  • Cho Chang
  • Godric Gryffindor
  • Bathilda Bagshot
  • Gellert Grindelwald
  • Dedalus Diggle
  • Dinky Duddydums
  • Pansy Parkinson
  • About 1/3 of the names alliterate
  • About 1/3 chapter titles alliterate

7. Two types

  • Assonance
  • J u mp the g u n
  • S aya pr ay er
  • Consonance
  • B ettyB otter
  • Rea d y ma d e

Alliteration in itstraditional sense 8. Why use?

  • Memorable
  • Fun
  • Creative writing

9. B & B

  • Bed & breakfast
  • Baby blues
  • Baby boom
  • B argain basement
  • Beer belly
  • Beach bum
  • The Big Bang
  • Bend it like Beckham

10. In the media

  • Bed & brawl for British tourists
  • Party Like Paris Hilton

11. 12. 13. More examples

  • Lexicalise your Lesson
  • Collocation Corpus Classroom
  • Connect! Communicate! Collaborate!
  • Recycling & Revising Lexis
  • in the classrooms of Berlin, Bangkok, and Beersheva, English is everywhere (Bagrut paper)

14. Other uses

  • Popular culture
  • Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck
  • Brand names
  • Coffee Corner", "Sushi Station", "Best Buy, Dunkin donuts, Weight Watchers
  • Advertising slogans
  • Guinness is good for you
  • Put a tiger in your tank
  • "The milk chocolate melts in your mouth, not in your hand."

15. 16. Research on retaining

  • Easier to remember
  • S eek +s anctuary /s ettlement /s olution /s olace /s olitude /s upport / a s ylym
  • L ook for + /s/-nouns?
  • Only 1 ( s olution)
  • Lindstromberg & Boers (2005)

17. Some statistics

  • about 40 % of similes alliterate
  • cool as a cucumber
  • fit as a fiddle

18. Why so frequent in English?

  • Word order (SVO)
  • Few inflections ( take-takes-taking-took-taken )
  • Word stress (often on the first syllable)
  • Lack of good rhymes (?)

19. Research (cont.)

  • Multi-word expressions that alliterate are more memorable
  • Can be used as mnemonic

Boers, F. & Lindstromberg, S. (2005) 20. Personal experience

  • Students remember alliterated chunks better
  • Shes so prim and proper
  • I was scared stiff
  • Its a slippery slope

21. Common collocations

  • somewhat similar(2 ndmost common)
  • fundamentally flawed (2 ndmost common)
  • fatally flawed(most common)
  • increasingly important(2 ndmost common)
  • deadly dull(3 rrdmost common)
  • badly bruised (2 ndmost common) / badly broken also common
  • strangely silent(most common)

22. Common collocations (cont.)

  • fully fledged
  • deeply disappointed
  • particularly popular
  • surprisingly strong / surprisingly small
  • simply stunning / simply splendid / simply superb
  • distinctly different / dramatically different
  • poorly planned / poorly protected

23. Classroom ideas

  • Alliterated personality adjectives- nicknames
  • e.g. Lexical Leo
  • Newspaper headlines
  • Make your own travel guides / brochures
  • Look at songs, especially rap
  • Make up twisters about famous people
  • Make up slogans for products you use
  • Highlight alliteration when teaching chunks

24. Song

  • How many alliterated words can you find?

25. References

  • Boers, F. & Lindstromberg, S. (2005).Finding ways to make phrase-learning feasible: The mnemonic effect of alliteration . System, 33(2), 225-238
  • Lindstromberg, S. & Boers, F. (2005). Means of
  • mass memorization of multi-word expressions.Humanising Language Teaching, 7(1)
  • http://www.hltmag.co.uk/jan05/mart03.htm