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    Help with the question below

    Can someone please explain the question below to me. I'm sure that I will be able to answer it but I do not understand the question.

    ' Discuss the proposition that language is a negotiated system of rules modified by social, political and geographical factors'.

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    Re: Help with the question below

    Hello, I am not a teacher but I think that it means the following:

    Discuss (talk about) the statement: Lanaguage is a set of rules (a group of regulations) that can be negotiated and is influenced by (or changes according to) social, political and geographical factors.

    Does this help?


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    Re: Help with the question below

    The word 'negotiated' is somewhat confusing.

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    I think that the author wants to express that language rules can be discussed and changed in case there exist strong arguments for it. It is not a rigid system and thus is a subject to modification or adjustements.


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    Re: Help with the question below

    Quote Originally Posted by marvan View Post
    I think that the author wants to express that language rules can be discussed and changed in case there exist strong arguments for it. It is not a rigid system and thus is a subject to modification or adjustements.
    Could be. But it happens very rarely. A language won't be told what to do. He himself decides whether to accept or reject.

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    That is correct but we are speaking about its rules which are made and approved by people, i.e. the official language is subject to negotiations, not slang or language used in the streets


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    Quote Originally Posted by marvan View Post
    That is correct but we are speaking about its rules which are made and approved by people, i.e. the official language is subject to negotiations, not slang or language used in the streets
    People just monitor the language and interprete it in terms of rules. The real language comes first, the rules come next. People can work out any rules they like but it doesn't mean that the language will change in accordance with these rules. If you mean by 'negotiating' monitoring the language, then I agree.

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    Well, I reckon that the original sentence refers to negotiating the language system, not the language itself.
    And that is what I agree with. If people stop putting -s in the 3rd person, after a certain period of time it might happen that the officials will argue / negotiate whether it is acceptable / sensible to include this change in the official version of the languge.


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    Re: Help with the question below

    Quote Originally Posted by marvan View Post
    Well, I reckon that the original sentence refers to negotiating the language system, not the language itself.
    And that is what I agree with. If people stop putting -s in the 3rd person, after a certain period of time it might happen that the officials will argue / negotiate whether it is acceptable / sensible to include this change in the official version of the languge.
    Language is a system. I wonder how you can oppose language and language system.

    I think if people stop putting -s, the officials will have to accept it.
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