Function and Lexical words

Reproduced from The Times of India 

Aug 14 2015 : The Times of India (Hyderabad)

MEET THE COMIC CANINE BRIGADE

Peanuts’ popular protagonist, Snoopy the beagle, celebrated his 65th birthday recently. Here’s a look at some of the most adorable dog characters in the world of fiction.  Read about them to accomplish the task given.

Name: SNOOPY                                               Comic: Peanuts Creator: Charles M Schulz. The grand old dog, Snoopy, first started off as a minor character when he made his debut in 1950. But thanks to his popularity, he became one of the protagonists within a decade. His creator once said about him, “Snoopy’s whole personality is a little bittersweet. But he’s a very strong character. He can win or lose, be a disaster, a hero, or anything, and yet it all works out. I like the fact that when he’s in real trouble, he can retreat into a fantasy and thereby escape. “
Name: HOT DOG. Comic: Archie. Creator: John L Goldwater. Shaggy and needless to say, a bundle of love, Hot Dog became a regular fixture in the Archie comic series. He is a longhaired mutt, who resembles a sheep dog and is owned by Jug head Jones. Like his owner, Hot Dog is lazy, constantly hungry and dislikes Reggie Mantle, the antagonist, with a vengeance.
NAME: SNOWY. COMIC: The Adventures of Tintin. CREATOR: Hergé. This adorable white fox terrier’s French name was originally Milou, Hergé’s first girlfriend. Apart from Tintin, Snowy is the only other character to appear in every comic of the series. Brave and fearless, he is known for the comic relief he provides during tense situations.
NAME: DOGBERT. COMIC: Dilbert. CREATOR: Scott Adams. Described as an `anthropomorphic, megalomaniac talking dog’, Dogbert is a member of the beagle breed of dogs. Although his character was originally created as Dilbert’s companion, it soon evolved into an anti-hero -almost cynical. He is quite unlike regular dogs, as his dislike for humans is intense. However, he remains protective of Dilbert.
NAME: CLIFFORD. COMIC: Clifford the Big Red Dog. CREATOR: Norman Bridwell. This children’s book is widely adored for its huge red dog -Clifford. He is shy but friendly and intensely loyal. The comic strips often revolve around him courting trouble, mostly because of his size. Apparently, the character’s name has been inspired from the childhood friend of Bridwell’s wife.
NAME: ODIE. COMIC: Garfield. CREATOR: Jim Davis. Kind, a little goofy and a scatterbrain -that’s Odie for you. But one look at those big puppy eyes and you can’t help but fall in love with this dachshundterrier mix. Interestingly, he is the only character who doesn’t have a recurring voice bubble. However, he is shown to think, have feeling etc.  
NAME: DOLLAR. COMIC: Richie Rich. CREATOR: Alfred Harvey and Warren Kremer. Dubbed as a `dollarmation’ (a Dalmatian, but with dollar signs instead of spots), this adorable fur ball has been by his master Richie Rich’s side through thick and thin. The family dog, Dollar quite enjoys the lavish lifestyle and it shows too. Energetic and hyperactive, Dollar is truly the dog that every man would love to have.  

 

Study notes

Word that conveys information in a text or speech or  has meaning in a sentence, such as a verb, noun  adjectives and adverbs formed from adjective with – ly are called content /lexical words.

Word that has no real meaning in a sentence, such as a pronoun or auxiliary verb, articles, prepositions, conjunctions, possessive determiners. are called structure or function words.

Tasks:  Pick out the content or structure words from the description given on comic canine and write in the space given below.

Example:

Name : SNOOPY

Comic: Peanuts

Creator: Charles M Schulz

Structure words:   ( the words which are not underlined are the content / lexical words)

The grand old dog, Snoopy, first started off   as   a minor character when he made his debut in 1950. But thanks to his popularity, he   became one of the protagonists within a decade. His creator once said about him, “Snoopy’s whole personality is   a little bittersweet. But he’s a very strong character. He  can win or lose, be   a disaster, a hero, or anything, and   yet   it all works out. I like the fact that when he’s    in real trouble, he   can retreat into   a fantasy and thereby escape. “


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