Accent, dialect and idiolect


Today we looked at:

  • Define accent, dialect, idiolect and SE
  • Describe how context affects use of SE (covered in SE post)

Accent – Oxford Dictionaries defines accent as ‘A distinctive way of pronouncing a language, especially one associated with a particularcountry, area, or social class:’

Dialect – Oxford Dictionaries defines dialect as ‘A particular form of a language which is peculiar to a specific region or social group

Idiolect – Oxford Dictionaries define idiolect as ‘The speech habits peculiar to a particular person’.

Standard English – Oxford Dictionaries define Standard English as ‘The form of the English language widely accepted as the usual correct form’.

What are the most important things you have learned from this session? (include any comments about yourself as a learner)

I was familiar with the terms before the course, so for me this is an opportunity for me to brush up on my knowledge.

Next steps? 

I’d like to research the effects of the Liverpool accent and dialect on literacy teaching.

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