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Posted January 9, 2009 at 11:30 AM via web

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What's "Ethnography of Communication" ? & What's the difference between : - Speech situtation - Speech event & - Speech act ?

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electro | Student , Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 9, 2009 at 11:33 AM (Answer #2)

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Ethnography: community / activities / speaking ==> what's the relationship between them ?

what does "speech community" mean?
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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted May 24, 2009 at 6:14 PM (Answer #3)

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Sociolinguistics is study of language in its social context. It studies how language is influenced by various aspects aspects of society like culture and sub divisions within society. Among other things, it studies how languages differ between different groups within a society.

We can differentiate sociolinguistics from another kind of study called "formal linguistics" which is study of language without relationship to people who speak it. It deals with formal aspects of language like rules of grammar.

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 27, 2011 at 7:04 AM (Answer #4)

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What you say depends on the context, meaning where you are, and who you're saying it to. Sociolingusfics is the study of the meaning of language. Meaning is a cultural phenomenon. Words are just words, but meaning comes from a common understanding known as culture. Ethnography is a method of researching a specific culture. A speech community is a group of people who speak the same language, literally. This means both the literal ad emotional meaning of the words.

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