May 12 - May 12, 2008 Today: -Introduction to language...

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May 12, 2008 Today: -Introduction to language variation -Dialects -Effects of region on speech First half of course: -knowledge/structure of language -Universals of language -From a ‘scientific’ perspective Second half of course: -use/function of language -Language differences -From a ‘humanities’ perspective ~Language variation -No two speakers of a language speak exactly the same way -No individual speaker speaks the same way all the time -inter-speaker variation vs. intra-speaker variation -Factors that affect language variation -The nature of language variation -Attitudes about language varieties -Uses of different ways of speaking ~ Dialect -A variety of a language spoken by a group of people that is characterized by systematic features (i.e. phonological, lexical, grammatical) that distinguish it from other varieties of that same language - Idiolect : the speech variety of an individual speaker Language= a continuum of dialects Dialect= a continuum of idiolects Language dialect, dialect, dialect…
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This note was uploaded on 06/28/2008 for the course COM 374 taught by Professor Mcgarrity during the Spring '08 term at University of Washington.

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May 12 - May 12, 2008 Today: -Introduction to language...

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