ComSt_101_feb_15_08 - ComSt 101 02/15/08 Cont'd from last...

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ComSt 101 02/15/08 Cont'd from last lecture: - Naming - Credibility - how we are seen as being capable of doing things - Texans sound honest (from video American Tongues) - Status - our level of status is our level of heirarchy - our speech rate determines our status - we can identify status on the way people talk - people who speak with standard dialect is viewed to be competent while it is opposite for people with non-standard dialect - Sexism/Racism - most times women are viewed with low status because of the way they talk - black english is sometimes not accepted - viewed to be incompetent - consequently making this issue racism 4. Reflects our attitudes 1. power 1. maybe is non-powerful language 2. hesitation makes people think you don't know what you want to say 3. use of intensifier like “very, very” 4. being overly polite 1. saying I'm sorry too much makes people think you are not sincere 5. disclaimers 1. is when we pull back what we really want to say 2. affiliation 1. is the amount of liking that we have with/for someone
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