How Does My Speech Change When Communicating with Different Audiences and How Does It Change the Way People Think of Me?

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How does my speech change when communicating with different audiences and how does it change the way people think of me?

George Orwell said-‘If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought’ illustrating that the power of language over our thought. People change their register when communicating with different audiences unintentionally: including myself. In 15 years of my life, I have always adapted my idiolect differently to my friends, parents, teachers and strangers; but does that make me fake or vulgar?

In Addition, our Language is an essential part of our lives and as the population increases it has become more important to be able to communicate in various ways. Therefore, when we do communicate
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I also tend to use paralinguistic features such as, hand gestures and body language to help explain things to my parents. Despite this, my parents feel that I have a strong accent and that i use very technical language when speaking to them in English. When I interviewed my mother she said that ‘you sound as if you are British’ this proposes that my mother thinks that the school has had a greater influence on my language then my culture and background. However, my mother comments on my speech in a soft tone because she approves of my accent and she is familiar with the environment I was brought up in.

Moreover, when conversing with my friends I usually speak colloquial English, using ellipsis, and elision because it is a combination of formal and informal language. Using colloquial English I sound friendlier, and the use of ellipsis and elision makes me appealing to talk to and it makes me feel as if I fit in with the other teenagers as well, this has had a vast control over my linguistic features because I spend most of my time between friends, at School and over the week-end. My friends think that the way I talk is smart and simple. ‘Hey, barbs wassup …am fine’ this quotation emphasizes that I change registers between my parents and friends. I have also been influenced by my friends in a negative approach because they usually use lots of hedges, ‘I think, maybe’ these are common hedges and my friends usually use them when they aren’t bothered to answer questions,

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