Language, Context, Prestige, and Jargon
Prior to beginning work on this discussion, read Chapters 4 and 8.
Your initial post should be at least 250 words in length. Support your claims with examples from the required materials and/or other scholarly sources, and properly cite any references. In your initial post,
Think of at least three social settings of which you are a part, either implicitly or explicitly. For example, as a citizen, you are subject to U.S. law, which embeds you in a legal setting of which you are not always aware but in which you are always involved, and that is an implicit social setting. Explicit social settings might include being an employee at a business, a member of a social group, or a consumer of entertainment and advertising.
Analyze at least one specific example of how your speech and, if applicable, dress, attitudes, and behaviors, change in relation to the social settings you noted above, following the ideas presented in the chapter: borrowed prestige, aspiration, crossover effect, and social hypercorrection. Alternatively, you may use the example of a politician, a celebrity, or a professional. If you are a journalism or ELL major, it may be more appropriate and useful for you to identify examples that lie within the purview of your respective discipline.
Also, be sure to discuss and provide an example of whether you, or the person you are describing, has ever shown either linguistic or non-linguistic insecurity (as Van Herk describes on p. 50) by changing your style of speech, dressing, or body language, in order to fit in.