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WORKSHEET (SOCIOLINGUISTICS)

I. Read the following statements and answer the questions given below.

S.No English Madras Madurai Tirunelveli


. (Chennai) Tamil Tamil
Slang Tamil
1. here Inaande Ingittu Inganakulla

2. there Annaande Angittu Anganakulla

1. What are these called? ______________________________

2. In what way are they different? (grammar, vocabulary, or


pronunciation?)

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3. Now see the distance between Tirunelveli, Madurai, and Chennai.


Which type of Tamil will have more differences in these three
varieties? Give reasons.

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4. What is this range called?


______________________________________________

II. Susan is on her way to the market. On the way, she meets her
friend Alia. Write the type of style that is used in each conversation
in the space provided.

Susan: Hey girl, long time no see. ___________________

Alia: Hey sweetie, been real slammed (busy) with work.


____________

Susan: Oh God! That’s my dad’s friend. See you later. ______________

Alia: See ya. ______________

Susan: Hello Mr. Davis. What a pleasant surprise! I haven’t seen you
since ages. ______________

Davis: Oh hello! How are you my little girl? I’m been very busy. In
fact, I met your dad yesterday at the park. I even asked about
you. ______________

Susan: Oh that’s really nice of you. It’s getting late. I’ve got to go.
______________

Davis: Will catch up with you later. ______________

1. How does Susan speak to Alia?

She uses _________________________________________________.

2. How does Susan speak to Mr. Davis?

She uses _________________________________________________.

3. What type of linguistic situations do you see here?


_____________________ and

_______________________________

4. What change do you see in Susan’s way of speaking?

________________________________________________________________________

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5. What are the two varieties that you find here in these conversations?

_____________________ variety and the ______________variety.

III. Look at the list of words. Eskimos use these words to


describe snow.

tlapa powder snow


tlapat still snow
tlaslo snow that falls slowly
tlapinti snow that falls quickly
tlayinq snow mixed with mud
kriplyana snow that looks blue in the early morning
sulitlana green snow
mentlana pink snow
tidtla snow used for cleaning
ontla snow on objects
intla snow that has drifted indoors
nootlin snow that doesn't stick
sotla snow sparkling with sunlight
tlun snow sparkling with moonlight
astrila snow sparkling with starlight
clim snow sparkling with flashlight or headlight
tlapi summer snow
trinkyi first snow of the year
tronkyin last snow of the year
shiya snow at dawn
katiyana night snow
tlinro snow vapor
akitla snow falling on water
tla ordinary snow

Eskimos are a group of people who live mainly in Alaska and Greenland.

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1. Look at the map. What is the place that is close to these places?

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2. What type of place is it?

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3. So, why are there so many words about snow in Eskimo


vocabulary?

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IV. Read the following conversation and answer the following


questions.

Majid: Salaam aleykum Najla khala. Kaise hain aap? (How are
you?)

Najla: Waleykum asalam. Sab Allah ka shukar hai. (I am fine by the


grace of Allah)

Majid: Aapne Hadi ko dekha? (Did you see Hadi?)

Hadi: Hey buddy, I’m here.

Majid: God. I’ve been searching for you. The party’s gonna start.

1. What type of linguistic situation do you see here? _____________________

2. What change do you see in Majid’s way of speaking?

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3. What other linguistic change do you see?

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