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

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

 

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.


 

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.


 

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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