Week 5 - Language and Social Class

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What does Social Class mean?

  • Measure of status based on occupation, income, wealth etc.
  • Language features can vary according to social factors
  • Variable : Abstract representation of source of variation
  • Variant: Actual realisation of the variable

Variation According to Social Class

  • Trudgill consider 'g-dropping' like in 'walking' and 'Reading' (the place)

Social Class and Style

  • Trudgil came up with 4 styles; Casual style, Formal style, reading passage style and world list style.
  • Why do speakers change pronunciation according to style? 1. When there is…


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