Lesson 13 — Language Variation

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Reading for this week:
Contemporary Linguistics, p. 485 – 518 (Ch. 15)

Things to know:

  • Dialect vs. Accent
  • Isoglosses and their use to determine Regional Variation
  • The different types of Regionlal Variation (in Lexical Items, Phonology, Morphology, And Syntax)
  • The different dialect boundaries of the U.S. (Figure 15.7)
  • The types of factors that can influence language use:
    • Social Network
    • Age
    • Gender
    • Ethnicity
  • The different types of Contact Languages (Pidgin vs. Creole vs. Borrowing)



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