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a colloquialism as a language variety?
Thread poster: Tomasz Chyrzyński

Tomasz Chyrzyński  Identity Verified
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Sep 30, 2006

Can a colloquialism (colloquial language) be regarded a language variety just like vernaculars, jargons, idiolects, etc?

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Angela Dickson  Identity Verified
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more information? Oct 10, 2006

why do you ask? An essay question?

How does what you describe as a 'colloquial language variety' differ from a jargon, a vernacular and an idiolect?

Please, give us your own thoughts first, and some background as to why you are asking, and you might elicit some interesting answers.


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Tomasz Chyrzyński  Identity Verified
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what I see as varieties Oct 11, 2006

i need to make the systematicasion of the language varieties. there are such varieties as jargon (speech of a given professional group), vernacular (dialect) that is regionally determined language of a community, idiolect - the language used by a given individual. Further, there are sociolects used by small social groups; different communities have various sociolects.
What I wonder is whether colloquial languge (i.e. casual rather than literary language) creates another category or it is a subcategory of e.g., standard (literary) language. Perhaps colloquialisms are a matter of style not variety.
I opine that if colloquial language is to be categorised among language varieties it could be treated as a subcategory or opposite of literary language.
If you have any ideas post your reply.
Thanks.


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Michele Fauble  Identity Verified
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Colloquial register Oct 11, 2006

Linguists use the term "register" when distinguishing between different levels of language formality. Colloquial language and formal language belong to different registers. Registers and "lects" - dialect, sociolect, etc. - are language varieties.




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