Multi-Modal Language Essay

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Explore some of the similarities and differences between the language young people use in their spoken language and how young people communicate on web-based communication such as MSN and Facebook. The world has changed greatly over the years. The language has evolved and culture has changed, mostly due to the large increase in the number of people who use mobile phones and social networking sites, such as MSN and Facebook. Especially the younger generation that have developed a new form of communication that’s not Standard English which we have called ‘slang’. I am going to analyse an MSN conversation between two boys named ‘JJ’ and ‘Pete’ and a girl called ‘Kat22’. In this online conversation, the two boys are talking about going to a party, then one boy leaves the chat and a girl is added. During the conversation, many slang words are used, for example; ‘wagwan’ meaning what’s going on? (A greeting), ‘safe’ and ‘fam’. This is quite different to the way that other generations speak. Some people can misunderstand the meaning of the word causing conflict and occasionally may not understand words full stop. Sometimes, people use it because they see others using it and want to follow the crowd but others just gradually catch on to slang as it is often used around them causing accidental usage. When ‘Kat22’ joins the conversation and ‘Pete’ leaves, the girl and ‘JJ’ start talking, however the tone between the two changes. ‘JJ’ uses a winking emotion after he says, ‘see you in a bit babes’ who could suggest that he is attracted to ‘Kat22’. The term ‘babes’ comes from American culture and throughout the conversation, references to Jamaican and American words are used, for example, ‘JJ’ says ‘some fit girls dere’, ‘dere’ comes from the Jamaican culture. Additionally, he says, ‘I will go to ur yard’ and uses the word ‘p’ for money, the term ‘yard’ and slang word ‘p’ is American. So it is obvious that ‘JJ’ has introduced another dialect from a different culture into...
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