anthro 2 - John Aliberti Anthro 106 2-13-08 Assignment 2...

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John Aliberti 2-13-08 Anthro 106 Assignment 2 Sociolinguistics is the study of how language is used, and inherently how language conveys information about the social setting in which it is used. Anthropologists are doing many studies in the sociolinguistic field, focusing on certain groups of people such as women, Samoan woman, gays/lesbians Cambodian peasants, etc. and how they use their particular ways of speaking to indicate who they are, or what their identity is. Anthropologists who study sociolinguistics may study things such as how people talk differently when amongst various groups of people. For example, gay men will talk in “Gay English” when meeting other men. They do this in order to let the other man know that they are gay, and to see if the other man is gay or not. Moreover, some studies have shown that Gay English is masked in a way that only identifies your sexual orientation to other gay people. Elinor Ochs did extensive work on gender and language, including linking
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This note was uploaded on 05/03/2008 for the course ANTHRO anthro106 taught by Professor Harper during the Spring '08 term at UMass (Amherst).

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anthro 2 - John Aliberti Anthro 106 2-13-08 Assignment 2...

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