Stylistic Variation

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INTRODUCTION

Within any speech community , there are degrees of language variation. The geographical location of an individual; their socio-economic background; their education and even their gender are all significant factors in language variation.

Individuals differ in the manner in which they speak their native tongue, although usually not markedly within a small area. These variations in language constitutes its dialects. All languages are continuously changing but if there is a common change it has never been convincingly described. Various factors especially the use of written language have led to the development of a standard language in most of the major speech communities a special official dialect of a language that is theoretically maintained unchanged In recent years considerable attention has been paid to stylistic variation in linguistic description. Variation which used to be described as free has lately been described as fitting within identifiable linguistic or social parameters.

Studying stylistic variation is the main focus of this project which is based on the observation that language variation depends not only on the social and geographic origin , position and trajectories of the speaker but it also varies according to the activity in which one is engaged in. Hopefully I have fulfilled the aims and objectives of this project in detail.

AIMS AND OBJECTIVES

1] TO STUDY “WHAT IS LANGUAGE VARIATION?”

2] TO UNDERSTAND THE TYPES OF LANGUAGE VARIATION IN BRIEF.

3] TO STUDY “WHAT IS STYLISTIC VARIATION i.e FORMAL AND INFORMAL”

4] TO UNDERSTAND DIFFERENT TYPES OF REGISTRAL VARIETIES IN STYLISTIC VARIATION.

WHAT IS LANGUAGE VARIATION

Language variation is a major branch in sociolinguistics . Variation in language is



Bibliography: Lobov, William (1963)), “ The Social Motivation of Sound Change” Chamber, J.K (2003)Sociolinguistic Theory: Linguistic Variation and Its Social Significance. Blackwell Bright, William (1995) Sociolinguistic Theory, Oxford Blackwell.

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