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Sociolect .

An important influence on the way people use language is
the social group or network to which they belong.
Language users tend to develop different styles of
language to suit a particular group. These styles of
language may stand out in four main ways:

the use of an…

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to make communication more effective ­ for instance
it is obviously more efficient if nursing sisters or
doctors use a medical shorthand to give instructions
to junior nurses

to demonstrate fellowship with the rest of the group.
Specific language use can act as a "membership card"
or even an initiation…

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what is the place and time in which the text was

and a recognition that meanings are often implied and
quite frequently misunderstood.


Paul Dutton


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