The Interesting Features Of Adolescent Language Essay

1795 Words Dec 2nd, 2016 8 Pages
The topic of this essay will focus on a few of the interesting features of adolescent language and the subsequent attitudes towards them, mainly from the realm of adulthood. Adolescent language appears to experience the most change compared to the language use of either younger children or older speakers, and this is likely due to the idea that around the time of puberty, individuals undergo a large and impactful social change, as their environments, attitudes and stimuli change. As a result, teen language comes to be linked to social change and is used by and individual as a way of projecting themselves in a society and creating a more individual identity for themselves. However, there seem to be a number of attitudes expressed by older speakers, i.e. adult authority, who tend to view the linguistic features of adolescent language in a negative light and believe many of said features to be atypical and incorrect.

Firstly, we will take a broad look at the general consensus adult attitude towards not only adolescents themselves but the greatly negative attitudes directed towards adolescent speech choices and linguistic features commonly linked to adolescent use. As stated by Penelope Eckert (2003), this age group is the predominant leader in much of the linguistic variance that occurs altogether, which commonly include the use of non standard features of language such as slang, alternative quotative lexicon, i.e. ‘be like’ (Tagliamonte and D’Arcy, 2004), and an atypical…

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