Language and age (age grading)

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  • Created on: 19-02-13 22:44

Teenage language

  • More creative with language so are more likely to create neologisms (new words).
  • Manipulate lexis to converge for acceptance. They do this by using the sociolect of their peer group.
  • Diverge from older generations by use of lexis.
  • Often use language to create an identity.
  • Age group with most use of colloquial language.
  • Pick up language far quicker than other ages.
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Middle age language

  • Language said to be at its peak as standard form is used and grammar is correct.
  • Speech becomes more standard after education and is used often to get ahead with jobs etc.
  • More complex language is used compared to previous age group.
  • May develop or change in response to life events.
  • Language adapts to conform to 'social norm'.
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Old age language

  • Language begins to decay.
  • Standard form disappears.
  • Abbreviation increases.
  • Linguistic creativity returns.
  • Tend to use simple sentences.
  • When talking to this age group other age groupd may often over compensate using 'elder speak' (similar to baby talk). This may come across as patronising but is often just miscommunication.
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