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    sociolinguistic variation

    what does it mean sociolinguistic variation?

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    Re: sociolinguistic variation

    Usage typical of a certain age group, professsional group, etc.

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    Re: sociolinguistic variation

    I haven't understood. Would you clarify, please?

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    Re: sociolinguistic variation

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    what does it mean sociolinguistic variation?
    Different ways of speaking a language, depending on someone's specific demographic (age, area, occupation etc).

    People of different social classes speak differently from each other.
    People of different ages speak differently from each other.

    Socio = relating to society
    Linguistic = relating to language
    Variation = difference

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    Re: sociolinguistic variation

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    what does it mean sociolinguistic variation?

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    (1) Pokemon and Emsr have given us excellent answers.

    (2) May I give some examples of how social class determines speech?

    (a) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom has been on the

    throne since the early 1950s. I have read that she no longer pronounces

    some words in the way that she pronounced them in the 1950s. Why? Some

    people say that she wants to pronounce her words in a way that is closer to

    the way that most of her subjects speak.

    (b) At the end of World War II, the royal ruler of country X spoke to his

    people. There was one problem: the people could not understand him.

    Why? Because he used very old-fashioned speech that only royal rulers in that

    country used.

    (c) Here in the United States of America, if you say

    "He don't speak English" and "I ain't going," many people will consider you to be

    an uneducated person. (As you know, educated people are expected to say "He

    doesn't speak English" and "I'm not going.")

    (d) Finally, I hear that in some languages there are some words that are said

    usually by men and some words usually said by women. I think that the English

    language permits men and women to equally use most words, but there are a

    few words or expressions that American men do not use. (If they used them,

    some people might think that those men were not "real" men.)

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    Re: sociolinguistic variation

    I am intrigued. What are these words that "real" American men never use?

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    I am intrigued. What are these words that "real" American men never use?

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    (1) Here in the States, people joke that if a man regularly uses the word

    fabulous, he must be gay. Thus, I imagine that learners should probably avoid

    this word if they come to the States. (I do not know the status of fabulous in other

    English-speaking countries.)

    (2) I can't think of other examples, but there are other words and expressions

    that some people feel are only "appropriate" for women. I guess a "real" man

    would never say "I think it's perfectly marvelous, darling!"

    (3) In fact, if a young man even said "It is I" (instead of the more "manly" It is me),

    some people would immediately begin to wonder about the speaker's "masculinity."

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    Returning to the original question, I have read that some people in England

    who want to sound super posh pronounce "Cecil" as "sizzle"!!! And I have read that in

    the "bad old days," as soon as a person in England opened his mouth and uttered

    a word, his social class would be immediately known. Of course, I imagine that

    this applies to all languages and all societies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasha13 View Post
    what does it mean sociolinguistic variation?
    Your sentence should read

    'What does sociolinguistic variation mean?'

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    you are right Mr Rover. So what does sociolinguistic variation mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by rasha13 View Post
    You are right Mr Rover. So what does sociolinguistic variation mean?

    OK, you now have the construction of the question right. The question has been answered above. Twice.

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