Speech in Context of the World Around Us

1063 Words Feb 18th, 2018 4 Pages
We use language to express our feelings, create connections and understand the world around us. We communicate effectively with our words, body language, and tone of voice in a multitude of situations. However, the situation we are in and the people we are with whether they are friends, business colleagues, parents or teachers, is what generally governs how we speak. The way we speak contributes to people’s perceptions about our background, education, and competence. This judgement can influence the way we speak as we tend to change the way we speak in order to be mindful of the situation we are in. Teenagers are a prime example of this as they modify their speech according to the context. I am expecting to discover that teenagers are more informal and relaxed with their friends and more formal when speaking to the older generation.
From my research, it is clear that teenagers change their dialect according to the situation they are in. The way teenagers talk to each other is very much spontaneous. In transcript 1, the teenagers convey a fast‐paced conversation which includes recurrent interruptions and the tendency to use overlaps between speakers. There is an extensive amount of overlapping such as ‘the baby- innit when he dies’ and ‘on that motorcycle - orrrrrr’. This frequent use of overlapping and fast pace shows how comfortable they are in this situation. The overlap is not an interruption but suggests one person knows the…
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