People from different places clearly speak differently, but even within the same small community, people might speak differently according to their age, gender, ethnicity and social or educational background. All native speakers also adjust their speech according to context: from relaxed conversation in familiar surroundings to more formal situations. In a job interview, for instance, or when delivering an important presentation to an unfamiliar audience, most of us consciously seek to avoid overtly stigmatized features such as dropping the initial
Key questions in this lesson:
- How do factors like age, gender, ethnicity, and/or social context affect our linguistic choices?