purpose of this assignment is to learn about language change. Like all other aspects
of culture, language does not stay the same. Most frequently change comes through the
introduction of new words from other languages (â€œpecanâ€ from Algonquian), new words associated
with technology (â€œdownloadâ€), or catch phrases from the media (like â€œblingâ€).
Data: Find a participant who is two generations removed from you (i.e., 40 or so years
older/younger) and ask them to tell you about the jargons (focal vocab), slang, and expressions
about that topic that they used when they were young. Choose a subject to interview them about.
For example topics could include work, dating, religion, race, war, etc
You should describe your (1) participantâ€™s age, ethnicity, places lived, and educational background. (2) Then briefly relate your conversation you had. You may use a chart to list the terms or describe them in a paragraph form. The Oxford English Dictionary or Websterâ€™s Dictionary (links from AU library web page) or sites on D2L may be useful resources: (3) List and define five words or phrases. (4) Give examples of how the words or phrases are used in a complete sentence. (5) Explain when the terms on your list were first used. If you cannot find the origin, ask your participant if they know. Similarly, (6) list the words that your generation uses to describe these concepts today and determine when they originated (expressions like â€œcoolâ€have come and gone in popularity).
Then comes your (7) analysis: A) What differences in language do you notice (i.e. are some expressions more frank today than in the past)? B) Does the place where your participant grew up or their ethnicity make a difference in their vocabulary? C) In general does the wider use of media today make regional expressions or vocabularies less likely or less important? [Hint: the analysis portion should be about a page long.]
Typed in Times 12 point-font, double-spaced, 1â€ margins on all four sides. Paper length should be 3-4 pages. Be sure to staple papers beforeclass. Include page numbers.
You do not need a cover page/folder. Cite all sources in text and include a full works cited page.
You may use double sided printing.