For this assignment, I am interested in how you are applying the assigned readings to your own experiences and daily lives. This assignment is designed make you more aware of the varieties of language that you navigate every day and to help you to describe that linguistic diversity.
Most people are not aware of there own particular dialect of English, believing that they speak “standard” English. However you may, if you are from the Midwest, be part of the Northern Cities Shift. This emerging dialect is characterized by the fronting of the back vowels. so /o/ like in hot, becomes /a/ like in hat and hockey and sock sound like hakey and sack. There are varying degrees of this depending on where your from but in lower Michigan particularly in the southwest part of the state it can be fairly pronounced.
Watch the following clip, there are also other examples on YouTube you can check out.
Thinking about this form of English and using the articles as guides, describe the speech communities in which you participate and a brief discussion of your own linguistic repertoire. In other words, provide an ethnographic account of several experiences in which you personally move between speech communities or communicative cultures in a typical day or a week. These “communities” may be characterized by different subcultures, dialects of English, languages (e.g. English and Spanish), and or styles of language (formal/informal). As many of you are soon to be teachers is there a dialect particular to them?
Be sure to note the context of when you use a particular code (when, where, and with whom) and what the actual code is that you use (what are the words, phrases, tone, tempo, etc.) In other words, do not just state that you use an informal code with friends, but what comprises that informal code.
Begin with the description of the communities and the repertoire and then conclude with your analysis.
In your analysis think about the following questions. What is gained by their use? What would happen if you did not use them appropriately? Are you part of the Northern Cities Shift?