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Sociolinguistics 2 - Language Variety

Sociolinguistics 2 - Language Variety

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Language Variety:Specific language or specific form oflanguage used by a particularcommunity:French, Italian, etc…or AppalachianEnglish, African-American English,Southern English
Language (s)Is a system of arbitrary signals:- voice sounds- gestures- written symbolswhich communicate thoughts or feelingsHuman spoken – written languages:- system of symbols (lexemes) and thegrammar (rules)- can be manipulated
Learning language – normal – human childhood- use patterns of sound and gesture – communication- thousands of languages – share certain propertiesHuman and computer programs – constructed other languages:- Constructed languages:Esperanto, Ido, Interlingua, Klingon, programming languages andvarious mathematical formalismsIdo:
Me ne havas libro
 means, “I do not have a book”Esperanto:
Mirinda Amo
 means Wonderful LoveKlingon: a constructed language used in ‘Star Trek’ spoken byKlingon- not necessarily restricted to the properties shared by humanlanguages

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