Applications[ edit ] For example, a sociolinguist might determine through study of social attitudes that a particular vernacular would not be considered appropriate language use in a business or professional setting. Sociolinguists might also study the grammarphoneticsvocabularyand other aspects of this sociolect much as dialectologists would study the same for a regional dialect.
Applications[ edit ] For example, a sociolinguist might determine through study of social attitudes that a particular vernacular would not be considered appropriate language use in a business or professional setting.
Sociolinguists might also study the grammarphoneticsvocabularyand other aspects of this sociolect much as dialectologists would study the same for a regional dialect.
The study of language variation is concerned with social constraints determining language in its contextual environment. Code-switching is the term given to the use of different varieties of language in different social situations.
William Labov is often regarded as the founder of the study of sociolinguistics. He is especially noted for introducing the quantitative study of language variation and change,  making the sociology of language into a scientific discipline.
Traditional Sociolinguistic Interview[ edit ] Sociolinguistic interviews are an integral part of collecting data for sociolinguistic studies.
There is an interviewer, who is conducting the study, and a subject, or informantwho is the interviewee. In order to get a grasp on a specific linguistic form and how it is used in the dialect of the subject, a variety of methods are used to elicit certain registers of speech.
There are five different styles, ranging from formal to casual. The most formal style would be elicited by having the subject read a list of minimal pairs MP.
Minimal pairs are pairs of words that differ in only one phoneme, such as cat and bat. Having the subject read a word list WL will elicit a formal register, but generally not as formal as MP.
The reading passage RP style is next down on the formal register, and the interview style IS is when an interviewer can finally get into eliciting a more casual speech from the subject.
During the IS the interviewer can converse with the subject and try to draw out of them an even more casual sort of speech by asking him to recall childhood memories or maybe a near death experience, in which case the subject will get deeply involved with the story since strong emotions are often attached to these memories.
Of course, the most sought-after type of speech is the casual style CS. The closest one might come to CS in an interview is when the subject is interrupted by a close friend or family member, or perhaps must answer the phone. CS is used in a completely unmonitored environment where the subject feels most comfortable and will use their natural vernacular without overtly thinking about it.
Fundamental Concepts[ edit ] While the study of sociolinguistics is very broad, there are a few fundamental concepts on which many sociolinguistic inquiries depend. Speech community Speech community is a concept in sociolinguistics that describes a distinct group of people who use language in a unique and mutually accepted way among themselves.
This is sometimes referred to as a Sprechbund. To be considered part of a speech community, one must have a communicative competence. That is, the speaker has the ability to use language in a way that is appropriate in the given situation. It is possible for a speaker to be communicatively competent in more than one language.
Community of Practice allows for sociolinguistics to examine the relationship between socialization, competence, and identity. Since identity is a very complex structure, studying language socialization is a means to examine the micro-interactional level of practical activity everyday activities.
The learning of a language is greatly influenced by family but it is supported by the larger local surroundings, such as school, sports teams, or religion. Speech communities may exist within a larger community of practice. Prestige sociolinguistics Crucial to sociolinguistic analysis is the concept of prestige; certain speech habits are assigned a positive or a negative value, which is then applied to the speaker.language planning and policy, Teaching Turkish as a Foreign Language, Teaching English as an International Language, Cross-cultural Communication, Computer- Mediated Communication, and general issues in sociolinguistics and pragmatics.
Sociolinguistics differs from sociology of language in that the focus of sociolinguistics is the effect of the society on the language, while the latter’s focus is on the language’s effect on the society (linguistics marketplace).
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In French speaking nations (outside of Québec), there is a strong tendency to borrow English words related to business, communications ad show-business. Terms such as business, newsletter, homepage and many others are used as-is, even though perfectly adequate French words already exist.
Men and women. The researcher claimed that the style of language served to maintain women's (inferior) role in society. The study of gender and language in sociolinguistics and gender studies is often said to have begun with Robin Lakoff's book. she argued that men have a report style.
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