Headword
Variety
Level
SG/HS
Language
English
Topic
Sociolinguistics
Definition
A variety of language refers to those expressions whose use is influenced by certain aspects of the context in which the communication occurs. For example, the expressions used might be influenced by the social class of the participants and their regional background (dialect), as well as the topic being discussed, the relationship of the participants, and whether the communication is spoken or written (register). Languages are made up of many different varieties that are determined by factors such as the social class, regional background, ethnicity, sex, age, and occupation of the speakers, what they are talking about, the relationship between them, and how they are communicating.
Notes
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Varieties in other languages
Concept
Variation
See also
Code-switching, Dialect, Register, Variation, Women’s language