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Course: Language Variation & Stylistics (5665) Level: MA TEFL
Semester: Spring, 2012 Total Marks: 100 Pass Marks: 40
ASSIGNMENT No. 1
This assignment is based on the units, chapters, reading passages, and the supplementary reading material of this course. We would advise you to read the relevant chapters, units, reading passages and extracts to answer the questions that follow. Read the extract that deals with the definitions of „Dialect‟, „Standard and Non Standard Language‟, „National Language‟ and „Varieties of English‟, and „Stylistics‟. Also read the relevant course material that define and explain these terms and then answer the questions that follow. A dialect is a variety of a language that is characteristic of a particular group of the speakers‟ language. The term is applied most often to regional speech patterns, but a dialect may also be defined by other factors, such as social class. Dialect therefore, is a variety of a language that is distinguished from other varieties of the same language by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary and by its use by a group of speakers who are set off from others geographically or socially. A dialect associated with a particular social class can be termed a „sociolect’. Often, the standard language is close to the sociolect of the elite class. Anthropological linguists define dialect as the specific form of a language used by a speech community. In other words, the difference between language and dialect is the difference between the abstract or general and the concrete and particular. From this perspective, no one speaks a "language,"