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  • Essay On Dying Languages

    Imagine a world where everyone had a common language they could speak to each other with. Imagine a word where hate crimes could be easily avoided by simply speaking the same language. Imagine conflicts that could have been avoided if we had similar ways of looking at the world. While dying languages are a good source of history, we should not save dying languages they build a barrier between us and would eventually be a waste of time. The foremost function of languages is to communicate ideas. Preservation of the languages it an art form for certain people but should not be required. We live in an age where the interconnection of people in groups and culture is just beginning, why set ourselves backwards and use this as a barrier. How about instead we look to grow together and learn the same language so that people that may never have been able to communicate with others now, have the ability to create new relationships. “To me language is a means of communication, and if a language dies – then it obviously did not serve as a useful tool of communication. It’s a hard and cold fact” (Kris Broholm). If a tribe of people come together and try to save their own language then good for them, however we should not have to do it for them, especially if they do not care if the language dies. The people speaking these languages are encouraging their children to learn common languages so they can have a future one day and be able to communicate with more people. The kids then…

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  • Commencement Argument Essay

    Using generic criticism in analyzing commencement speeches has also been done. In her thesis, The Development of a Genre: Commencement Addresses Delivered by Popular Cultural Icons, Gault (2008) examined the genre of commencement rhetoric and utilized commencement speeches to determine the significant characteristics of the genre. Establishing the commonalities within the genre of commencement addresses gives the speaker a structure to which he can pattern his speech. For the audience, genres…

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  • Reflection Of A Discourse Community

    It has been proven that for age’s, individuals have had a tendency to form groups or to communicate with those who share the same views, abilities, and language as them. A discourse community is typically described as a group of people with similar goals, customs, and experiences. A person may belong to multiple communities and may very well overlap. I belong to four main discourse communities: Hampton University Student body, McDonald’s crew member, Social media, and Family. Each one of these…

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  • Communicative And Sociolinguistic Competence Essay

    In other words, it refers to the ability to produce socially and culturally appropriate utterances (including what to say in what context as well as what not to say, how to speak in one context as opposed to another). In the same light, Bachman (1990: 94) states that sociolinguistic competence refers to “the sensitivity to or control of the specific language context”. Similarly, Canale and Swain (1980, 30) admit that sociolinguistic competence refers to the knowledge of socicultural rules of use…

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  • Phonetics, Morpholology, Semantics And Sociolinguistics

    the years as a result of the changes of structures in the world and society. Thus the further explanation of this essay will be on five different fields, there are, Phonetics, Phonology, Morphology, Semantics and Sociolinguistics. The first field that will be explained is Phonetics.…

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  • Difference Between Language And Sociolinguistics

    Sociolinguistics refers to the study of language that relates with the society and the social factors. Language and dialects are both two different things. Taking into account Linguistic Variation, a language and dialect is differentiated based on mutual intelligibility. Mutual intelligibility refers to two speakers who speak the same language and understand each other but in different dialects. Dialects can be based on regional dialects which means with regards to geographical locations or it…

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  • Letters As Loot Case Study

    3.1. Letters as Loot: A Sociolinguistic Approach to Seventeenth- and Eighteenth-Century Dutch Van der Wal et al. (2012) introduce, in their contribution, a recently-discovered collection of Dutch documents from the second half of the seventeenth to the early nineteenth centuries. These Dutch documents contain more than 38,000 commercial and private letters. Van der Wal et al, begin by presenting the background to the sailing letters, which are kept in the National Archives (Kew, UK), indicating…

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  • Differences Between Sex And Gender

    Bibliography Anna I. Corwin, M., 2009. Language and gender variance. Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Volume 12. Lakoff, R., 1975. Language and Woman's Place. New York: Harper & Row.. Spender, D., 1985. In: Man made language. 2nd edn. London: Routledge & Kegan Pail. 4. Discuss the notion of the sociolinguistic variable. A sociolinguistic variable is a linguistic feature which varies in its use by different social groups. It is a set of alternative ways of saying thing same thing,…

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  • Relationship Between Power And Language

    Sociolinguistic anthropologists aim to study the use of languages by different peoples and how such uses form thought and social relationships between individuals. Hence, language can often be associated with power. That is to say that the use of a language differently amongst different individuals can establish a social hierarchy in which certain words become associated with gestures which are indicative of social status. Sociolinguistic anthropologists can study the relationship between power…

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  • Locutionary Act Essay

    the hearer in. The previous is likely to be interpreted as a complaint whereas the latter is likely to be interpreted as praise. On the other hand, Bardovi-Harlig (1996) explains how different is learning occurs between native and nonnative speakers. The learners are divided into four main categories; the usage of different speech acts or the usage of the same speech acts, the difference in form, the semantic formula and content. At this point, Bardovi-Harlig (1996) gives an example of…

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