Spoken Language

Spoken and written language differs depending on the context they are used. This is because the meaning differs depending on the environment. Thus, the English used in education systems is usually different from that used in family life. Culture has an impact on the language used in the different contexts. For example, students in the same class may have different pronunciation of words due to cultural interferences. The written language and the spoken language also vary within the same context. This is because people are more conscious when writing since it is permanent, “unlike speaking where the words pass without a permanent record” (Ministry of Education, 2015). This report outlines the differences between speaking and writing in various …show more content…
Thus, children during their early years are exposed to the form of English communicated by the family members. They get accustomed to the facial expressions, and thus imitate the spoken language and the gesture. The kind of communication that takes place at homes is between children, parents, and children and parents. The formality of the spoken language is dependent on the relationship and the age of the children. In families where children have a close relationship with their parents, they tend to have personal conversation and use of informal language. Children below the age of 12 and above the age of 25 tend to foster informal conversations with their parents (Taylor, 2007). However, teenagers and children that do not have a close relationship with their parents tend to hold more distanced and formal conversations. However, the rules of English are rarely observed. Pronunciation, grammatical correctness, and accent are influenced by the culture of the family members. Siblings usually speak slang, a dialect that violates most of the English rules. However, when they speak to the aged, they take a more formal approach and use a more grammatically correct …show more content…
The rules affect both the spoken and the written English. In North Australia, Guugu Yimithirr does not have words that describe direction such as in front, left, right or behind. In their English, they describe location by use of the compass direction, “which is east, west, north, or south “(Taylor, 2007,p.55). Since culture affects our thoughts, people of different cultures apply the rules of their native language in the spoken English. For example, the Aboriginal people omit some consonants during pronunciation. Instead of saying ‘went’, they may say ‘ent’. Verb omission is also common, and thus “Aboriginal English entails omission of words such as is and has” (Tracy, 2001, p.725). Thus, during interaction among people of the same culture, they use the English that is related to their culture. Instead of following the rules of Australian English, they apply the rules of their native languages. This applies to all kinds of communication, such as communication between the old, the young, or when the old interact with the young. The accent of the spoke English is also influenced by the native language, thus it is usually different from the recommended pronunciation of the standard Australian

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