Examples from Youtube:
Standard language –The variety of a language treated
as the official language and used in public
broadcasting, publishing and education
Accent – The many several ways in which language
can be pronounced
Dialect – Variation in grammar, spelling, vocabulary
Pidgin – A simplified form of speech, usually a mixture
of two or more languages. With simplified grammar
and vocabulary. Used for communication between
groups speaking different languages.
Creole – A pidgin which has developed into a mother
tongue. It has become a native language for the
people in that specific region
Can sound completely different though;
Has approximately 280,950,438 (2007) speakers
if you count the americans – but how many
people speak American English in the rest of the
world if you think about it?
Did you notice any differences between
Australian English and American English?
In Australia, there are 22,620,600 (2011)
Tons of different accents;
How would you rank these varities when it
comes to status? Which one will be on the top?
Which one on the bottom?
Ireland has 4,487,000 inhabitants (2011).
- What are your thoughts on the position in the
world for these varities? If you consider how
familiar you are with them, how many
speakers they have etc…
- Discuss in groups.
A pidgin is a variety of a language that
developed for some practical purpose, for an
example trading. An English pidgin is a language
which has developed from English, mainly.
There are several English pidgins used today, out
of which you will hear one type now.
There are believed to be between six and twelve
million people still speaking pidgin languages.