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Sociolect test

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Sociolect test

  1. 1. Sociolect Test
  2. 2. Answer the following questions: <ul><li>What does sociolect mean? </li></ul><ul><li>Name four of the seven impact factors we identified last week as key to influencing which social group someone was in. </li></ul><ul><li>What is RP ? </li></ul><ul><li>What does it mean if you look at language in a prescriptive way (rather than being descriptive)? </li></ul><ul><li>Name three of the large semantic fields we identified. </li></ul><ul><li>Write down a way of discussing going to the toilet that is taboo . </li></ul><ul><li>Write down a way of discussing going to the toilet that is a euphemism . </li></ul>
  3. 3. I must learn… <ul><li>Sociolect is the way someone speaks according to their place in society. </li></ul><ul><li>Any of these are factors: age, gender, media, education, aspiration, class, occupation. </li></ul><ul><li>RP is received pronunciation – the ‘correct’ version of English. </li></ul><ul><li>Prescriptive means to be judging language as right or wrong. </li></ul><ul><li>Any of: religion, politics, law, science, sport, journalism </li></ul><ul><li>Taboo: anything rude/unacceptable in polite conversation. </li></ul><ul><li>Euphemism: anything that is a polite way of saying it. </li></ul>

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