Dialects and variation


Respond to the following questions based on Exercise 2.6 p. 56. Upload your assignment as a word doc or PDF.

Think about some of the local activities or situations that might set apart your local neighborhood, community, or region where you live. (You can use social cliques as well – the porch sitters and
church ladies p. 36). Are there any terms, pronunciations, grammatical, or pragmatic features that would be known by local residents or group members but not necessarily by those outside the group
or the geographic area? For example, are there particular lexical items that might denote cultural activities or other aspects of the lifestyles typical of the community or group?

In your response describe the level of linguistic variation of your example: regional, community, or group. If it is a specific portion population that uses the feature describe the typical members
of that group (e.g., teenagers, women, etc.). Include at least 3 examples of distinctive features. In addition, cite the linguistic aspect that your example demonstrates (e.g., lexical terms,
pronunciation, grammatical features, or pragmatic features). For example, a group that uses double negative/multiple negation/negative concord demonstrates grammatical variation (That won’t do you
no good).