Communicating through Diction

Topics: English language / Pages: 3 (1067 words) / Published: Nov 5th, 2014
Faith Miramontes
English 350
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13 October 2014Communicating through Diction
The English language is a complex system that includes different manners of speech to communicate in the three phrases of life: infant, adolescent, and adult. These three phases can be further divided into other categories of expression; Baby-Talk is used in the infant stage, Valleyspeak for the teenager, and some adults use Military Linguistics. The difference is to communicate effectively in order to be understood in the correct phase.
Baby-Talk is a type of language that throws all manner of grammatical rules out the window. Baby-Talk is a non-standard version of English. The reason it fits into this category is that it uses “no grammatical or spelling conventions and requires being a member of a select group to understand” (Swart). The select group here is the adult to infant communication. The infant’s Baby-Talk is more like experimenting with their mouths, making different sounds; for example, “aahh-oo” and “da, da, da.” The characteristics of adult Baby-Talk include the replacement of consonants for another and adding vowel sounds. Baby-Talk sounds similar to how Tweetybird talks in Looney Tunes, “I taut I taw a puddy tat.” An example of this type of language is shown through the film Look Who’s Talking, where Rosie (the grandmother) takes Mikey (the baby) to change his diaper and asks him “who has a wet tu-shee,” and continues to say in a playful tone, “tu-shee, tu-shee, tu-shee.” She begins to utter muddled words to Mikey. In response Mikey responds in his head, “oh yeah, she’s gone.” Some of the words used in Baby-Talk are bed-de-bye (goodnight), bu-BBa (brother), pin-kee (pacifier), swee-tee (sweetheart), and pot-tee (bathroom). The attitude and tone expressed in Baby-Talk is with soft-warm gentleness.
Valleyspeak is a sociolect of informal English. It fits into the informal category by meeting the requirements of the



Bibliography: Clueless. Dir. Amy Heckerling. Perf. Alicia Silverstone. 1995. Comedy. Full Metal Jacket. Dir. Stanley Kubrick. Perf. R Lee Ermey. 1987. Drama. Look Who 's Talking. Dir. Amy Heckerling. Perf. Olympia Dukakis. 1989. Comedy. Swart, Robert. "Diction." California State University, Dominguez Hills, 8th October 2014. PowerPoint.

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