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  • n. The variant of language used by a social group such as a socioeconomic class, an ethnic group, an age group, etc.


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  • I have gotten a couple excellent papers, though: one on black English; one on dive bar sociolects; one of the sociolect of hang-gliders; one examining the use of color in Howl's Moving Castle.

    Archive 2008-12-01

  • I got sick of reading papers on the history of words, which is what I used to assign in History of the English Language, so I sent them all out to research a dialect or a sociolect for their papers this time.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • My history major, here from Fort Chaffee, did his on the sociolect of the recruits in basic training, noting that it's influenced by languages from all over the country and the world, since the recruits come from everywhere, and by incidents that have happened at bases all over the country.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • One of my factory students wrote about the sociolect of "the floor," the language of the workers -- now this is an interesting paper: she looks at what the workers do with the language of management, once it gets in their mouths, how thoroughly language is used as a tool, even a weapon, by the workers -- and effectively, if the paper is accurate.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • If it takes 3 generations for an idiolect/sociolect/language to dissolve, then surely it will take at least that for the revitalized variety to evolve and take new shape. THE NEWEST INDIANS.

  • Correct deployment of collocations is particularly important for anyone striving for authenticity of performance within a particular professional sociolect, such as the language of medicine or economics.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XIX No 3

  • At the beginning of the semester, when I told them they would have to do it, they looked at me like spotlit deer, but I pointed out that most of them likely already knew or even belonged to some dialect/sociolect group they could study for their paper, and they grew interested; by midterm, with their rough drafts finished well, most of both classes had a draft by then they were so intrigued they were pestering me with questions; and these final papers are -- well, real papers.

    Archive 2007-05-01

  • It’s the language you use (sociolect, dialect, slang, jokes etc which provide the shared references to include and exclude through linguistic code), the clothes you wear (style, design, label etc which create the shared sense of space and purpose through the level of uniformity), the food and drink you consume (which link you to their origins and creates a shared experience) and its in the activities you undertake.

    Speaking as a People’s Republican…


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