We all have opinions about the way we speak and about how other people speak. Whether we consider our language/dialect to be ”good” or ”bad,” prestige or stigmatized forms of speech, the fact is that we all have opinions about language which shape our views about different people. For this first assignment, you are to write a paper that describes the attitudes that you and others have about your language/dialect
Here are some questions to guide your research and to get you started writing:
Your Language (If you are multilingual (speak more than one language), choose one language to focus on.)
1. What attitudes exist about your language/dialect? What are some things different people might say about your language/dialect? Give some examples.
2. Would the general public describe your language/dialect as the prestige form (higher status)? Or the stigmatized form (lower status)? How might they describe it? Why do you think they see it this way?
3. Is your language/dialect perceived in different ways in different areas or contexts? What are the differences and why do you think this is?
4. What social factors do you think are associated with attitudes that people have towards your language/dialect? Racial? Socioeconomic class? Cultural? Education? Ethnic? Sexual or gender identity association? Physical/mental impairment? Anything else? Explain why any of these might contribute to people’s attitudes towards your language/dialect.
In the conclusion of the paper, reflect on how writing this assignment has challenged you to think more deeply about:
how people perceive us based on how we speak
how these attitudes might be another way in which various forms of discrimination continue to occur.
Your paper should be 2 pages minimum, with 12pt Times New Roman Font and 1 inch margins. If you are using any material that is not your own in the paper, please cite (APA or MLA style)
Failure to submit on time will result in reduction of grade
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