Homework 7: Sociolinguistics
Due Wednesday, November 16, 2011 Please type your responses. (55 points)
1. For each example below, identify the level of linguistic structure at which the variation exists.
My mom would tell me to get something from the icebox, rather than the refrigerator.
Some Caribbean English dialects do not have the sounds [θ] or [ð]; instead the sounds [t] and [d], respectively are
Many dialects of English have multiple negation, as in
I didn’t see nobody take no pictures
Many American dialects have the mid back lax vowel [ ]. However, this vowel is produced very differently in different
dialects; some are more rounded, some less so; some are higher or lower than others.
Some children call the insect that glows in the dark a
When I’m at home, I may use an expletive to emphasize the importance; but I avoid expletives when teaching.
Some African American English dialects do not mark the third person singular present tense, e.g.,
he kiss, she see, it jump
aspects of your identity that influence the way you use language.
Describe the affect on your language
including what level of linguistic structure. Write about a half a page (typed, double-spaced). Don’t include statements like "my
group of friends" does this or that. Who you are friends with is more a social fact than an aspect of your identity. Be creative. If
you're having trouble, think about: geographic regions, age groups, ethnicity, gender, religious groups, sports-related groups,
Since I’m from Philadelphia, I tend to pronounce my [t] consonants as [d] consonants when they fall in the middle of a word.
language has a regional phonological variance
from the rest of the country because I
speak with a pronunciation that is specific to