Language and variation 71 introduction language and dialect we often talk about the chinese language, 721 fula: a dialect continuum we shall take a look at fula language, which is spoken in 17 countries, most of them in west africa, especially in sahel, the savanna belt south of the sahara desert, from.
A dialect continuum or dialect chain is a spread of language varieties spoken across some geographical area such that neighbouring varieties differ only slightly, but the differences accumulate over distance so that widely separated varieties are not mutually intelligible. Sociolinguistics and situation varied language sociolinguistics is the study of how language serves and is shaped by the social nature of human beings in its broadest conception, sociolinguistics analyzes the many and diverse ways in which language and society entwine.
1 subject matter of sociolinguistics sl concentrates on the diversity of language in society according to various factors such as geographical distribution, age group, ethnic group, socioeconomic class, gender, etc. The study of language variation is an important part of sociolinguistics, to the extent language and dialect we often talk about the chinese 721 fula: a dialect continuum we shall take a look at fula language, which is spoken in 17 countries, most of them in west africa, especially in sahel, the savanna belt south of the sahara desert. Abstand and ausbau languages in sociolinguistics , an abstand language is a language variety or cluster of varieties with significant linguistic distance from all others, while an ausbau language is a standard variety, possibly with related dependent varieties.
Dialect continuum dialect, acrolect, mesolect, basilect pidgins and creoles diglossia language reference) social dialect: form of speech associated with hymes 19731973 foundations in sociolinguistics philadelph foundations in sociolinguistics philadelphia: ia: university of university of. What is sociolinguistics language variation language = a continuum of dialects dialect = language or dialect q: why do dialects exist a: because of isolation or long term separation of groups isolation can be across time, geography or social barriers two types of.
A dialect continuum is a range of dialects spoken across a large geographical area, in sociolinguistics, a language continuum is said to exist when two or more different languages or dialects merge one into the other(s) there are many examples of dialect continua among the languages of africa, particularly south of the sahara.