English Language Power Theorists Quiz

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1. Labov's research highlighted the issue of convergence- what is this?

  • Being friends with people of a similar dialect to you
  • Changing your dialect to make people think you are more educated
  • Changing our speech style to fit in with a certain group
  • Forming a group based on similar speech styles
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2. What did Giles's 'matched guise' experiment find?

  • A RP accent makes you appear to have a lower status
  • A regional accent was found to be rated with higher intelligence and authority
  • An RP accent was found to be rated with higher intelligence and authority
  • A regional accent makes you appear to have a higher status

3. Which of these is not one of Robin Lakoff's politeness frameworks?

  • BE FRIENDLY
  • DON'T IMPOSE
  • TAKE TURNS
  • GIVE OPTIONS

4. Who said "language can be 'face saving' or 'face threatening'"

  • Wareing
  • Brown and Levison
  • Goffman
  • Fairclough

5. What is 'synthetic personalisation'?

  • The way in which advertising uses personalised language such as "you" to construct a relationship
  • The way in which advertising uses subjective language such as "theirs" to construct a relationship
  • The way in which advertising uses possessive language such as "mine" to construct a relationship
  • The way in which advertising uses romanticised language such as "love" to construct a relationship

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