Understanding Sociolinguistics: Social and Linguistic Variation


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What is defined as the study of language and how it is affected by region, social class, relationship, and even gender?

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1. The cultural and social patterns of speech variation within a culture are known as a culture's

2. One of the greatest variances in language comes from

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and corresponding worksheet will help you gauge your knowledge of sociolinguistic study and ethnography. Topics you'll need to know to pass the quiz include understanding what sociolinguistics is as well as what ethnography is.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this printable worksheet and quiz to review:

  • Term for the impact factors like region, social class and gender have on language
  • Term for speech variations formed through social and cultural norms
  • Main factor in language variances
  • Regional variations in language

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will let you practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related sociolinguistic study and ethnography lesson
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information about elements that play a role in language variation
  • Making connections - use what you know about regional language variations to identify an example of this variation

Additional Learning

To learn more about what affects language, review the corresponding lesson called Understanding Sociolinguistics: Social and Linguistic Variation. This lesson will help you:

  • Define what sociolinguistics is
  • Identify how region can impact language via ethnography
  • Understand what social class and relationships can do to language development
  • Appreciate the different forms of speech arising from being male or female