Language and social relations

One of the 'suggested topics' from the IB Language A: Language and Literature guide for Part 1 is 'language and social relations'. As we look at how language is used in various contexts, we cannot avoid studying social relations and the status of different people within a society. We will need to look at factors such as different accents, different word choices, different grammatical structures, and ask ourselves how they are received in different contexts, and why they are used in different contexts.

Guiding questions

  1. How is language used as an instrument to show social, racial and class differences in various texts?

  2. Why are certain forms of language associated with certain social statuses?

  3. When is language used to exclude? to include? Why?

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