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The Relationship between Dialect and Identity in the Documentary American Tongues
American Tongues Response Essay The documentary American Tongues (1987) examines an array of American dialects and accents in all regions of the United States, as well as the perceptions tied to specific ways of speaking. The film does this by interviewing people of multiple ethnicities, geographical locations, education-l...
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A Study of Phonological Processing in Word Recognition and Its Role in Life
Introduction The purpose of conducting this experiment on word recognition was to observe how individuals perceive words in their mental lexicon. Moreover, another reasoning for this study was to see if participants would form speech errors in the words that were presented in front of them. The experiment was first conduct...
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Conversational Implications of Code-Switching
Conversational Implications of Code-Switching Most of us adjust the way we speak for the person or people we are speaking to. This can be as subtle as speaking slowly for a child or as obvious as switching to another language entirely. Depending on our situation or surroundings, we may change the way we express ourselves....
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The History, Views, and Use of Ebonics
Contemporary Use of Ebonics “At its most literal level, Ebonics simply means ‘black speech,’” it is a blend of the words ebony, meaning black, and phonics, meaning sounds (Rickford). This term was originally used to refer to the language of all people who descended from enslaved Africans, particularly from West Africa, th...
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The Pros and Cons of Being Bilingual and Its Relation to Intelligence
Bilingualism and Smartness Being bilingual is a very unique thing to have. Some people have grown up learning two languages, one at home, and one at school. Others grow up with only one language but they learn another language either through school and college or they learn it themselves. But are there any benefits to know...
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An Analysis of the Perceptions of Profanity in Relation to Age and Gender
Introduction Profanity is the use of language that is thought to be impolite or
offensive. Profanity is the use of words that are termed as bad, foul, or
vulgar in a certain culture (Chrisler and McCreary 14). Profanity can also
be termed as swearing that is based on negative actions and thoughts. Use
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An Analysis of Discourse Communities
Most groups form their own little communities. But do these communities form discourse communities, as defined by professor of linguistics, John Swales? According to Swales, a discourse community is a group who have their own ways of speaking and writing. They have goals specific to their community and use their specialized...
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The Importance of Relatable Language and the Use of Euphemisms
Relatable Language Let me tell you about todays deal on used, broken in car! No…? How about a pre-loved vehicle or maybe a gently used car? That’s what I thought using specific language could make or break a deal; this is a huge issue in politics and world issues all over. When something is said in a more pleasant mano...
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The Universality of Infant-Direct Speech
Is Infant-Directed Speech Universal? “Are Yooou having a GOOD day? Look, looook! There goes the ZEBra! Isn’t it NICE and PREEEETY?” Does this type of speech trigger any familiarity? Most people commonly identify this particular speech as “baby talk,” also referred as infant-directed speech, motherese, or parentese. In the...
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