Sample Essay

Max Webber’s notion of status as interpreted by William Labov succeeds in partially explaining the peculiar dialects and variety of language used by the subject. According to the functionalist theory a family is inter dependent on other components of the society and any single component cannot be studied in isolation. Rather each component has to be studied in relation to the whole (Kerswill, 2007).

The subject’s and his family’s occupation patterns succeed in describing the blend of everyday though divergent phrases of Arabic and English with common street phrases in English which needed to be learned and employed during the course of running the cloth sale business in Australia especially while communicating with other traders and laborers.

Another way of investigating language use by the subject is by considering his gender. The various manners in which linguistics have approached gender and language research can be classified as deficit approach, dominance approach, difference approach and the social constructionist approach.

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