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Formality and Informality in Speech Events, Working Papers in Sociolinquistics, No. 52 [microform] / Judith T. Irvine
Bib ID 5361035
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Irvine, Judith T
 
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Description [Washington, D.C.]] : Distributed by ERIC Clearinghouse, 1978 
24 p. 
Summary

This paper considers a distinction frequently used in sociolinguistics and ethnography of speaking to describe speech events: their formality or informality. Three principle meanings of "formality" found in the literature concern whether the formality relates to properties of a communicative code, properties of the social setting in which a code is used, or properties of the analyst's description. Four aspects of formality that apply cross-culturally are: (1) increased structuring of speech; (2) consistency in terms of the social significance of variants chosen at different levels of communicative expression; (3) invoking of positional identities of participants; and (4) emergence of a focus in speech interactions. The role of these variables in cross-cultural comparison and a comparison of certain speech events among the Wolof and Mursi are discussed. All societies seem to make distinctions among speech events according to the four aspects of formality. Comparisons within a society and between societies can be made according to how they connect the various aspects of formality and what concomitant effects formalizing a speech event will have. Formality, in this view, is largely a process of focusing, which can operate along various dimensions. (SW)

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Reproduction Microfiche. [Washington D.C.]: ERIC Clearinghouse microfiches : positive. 
Subjects Comparative Analysis.  |  Cross Cultural Studies.  |  Discourse Analysis.  |  Ethnography.  |  Interaction Process Analysis.  |  Language Patterns.  |  Language Research.  |  Language Styles.  |  Literature Reviews.  |  Sociocultural Patterns.  |  Sociolinguistics.  |  Speech Communication.  |  Formality  |  Speech Events
Form/genre Reports, Research.
Other authors/contributors Southwest Educational Development Lab., Austin, TX
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