Understanding language in society means that one has to understand the social groups in which language is embedded.
Probably the most important factor in the way social class determines language use is the tendency of society to connect social values to different types of language use.
Language use can also be interpreted as a means of social prejudice.
Class and occupation are among the most important linguistic markers found in society. One of the fundamental findings of sociolinguistics, which has been hard to disprove, is that class and language variety are related.
The general objective of this final project paper is to investigate about the relationship between social class and language use. GENERAL OBJECTIVE
In a study made by Hayes, he demonstrated that there is no one feature that only identifies a person as belonging to one social class or another.
What identifies the speaker as educated, as middle class, as uneducated, or as socially and economically deprived, is that in his or her speech the proportion of non-standard features is higher or lower.
Linguists have pointed out for some time that differences in language are closely related to social class.
In the process of wishing to be associated with a certain class (usually the upper class and upper middle class) people who are moving in that direction socio -economically will adjust their speech patterns to sound like them.
It is generally assumed that non-standard language is low-prestige language. This is because the social class language use is a powerful group marker.
There is no doubt that language is one of the most powerful human being’s tools. William Cowper once expressed that “variety is the spice of life.” No matter what kind of language a person from any structured social group uses, its use adds variety to language, and therefore to life.