Linguistic Variation

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    LINGUISTIC VARIATION INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
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    Concept of Sociolinguistic Variable Developed by William Labov A sociolinguistic variable is a set of alternative ways of saying the same thing, although the alternatives will have social significance
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    American English Varieties of American English exist Has been a topic of comment Varieties in different colonies
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    Advantages  Natural Curiosity Instant Social Success
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    Disadvantages Stereotypes Prejudices Misconceptions: illogical Popular Myths
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    Levels of Differentiation   Lexicon: literary scholars in London  Were aware as early as 1750’s Soda Pop versus Pop Deli: a Northeastern phenomenon Phonology: NY’s chocolate    Boston: Park the car
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    Differentiation, Contd . Syntax:  He didn’t do nothing He didn’t do anything I aint got nothing to say to you •    Language Use: Sir/Madam in the South
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    Long Tradition of studying  Variation   Between British and American English Lexical Variation Highway Versus Motorway Cookie Versus Biscuit Orthographic Variation: Spelling Colour Versus Color Honour Versus Honor
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          American Dialect Society Established in 1889 “to investigate the English dialects in America with regard to pronunciation , grammar vocabulary , phraseology , and geographical   distribution .”
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This note was uploaded on 06/20/2011 for the course WRT 102 taught by Professor Frost during the Spring '08 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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