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Some Linguist / Credible Quotes for Your Essays!

As the exam is only a week away, it’s important that you now begin to finalise your quotes and modern examples list. Hopefully, these below help you in this compilation (if you haven’t done so already). Make sure, however, that you BALANCE these quotes with well explained and modern examples in the world and media. If you just put quotes in with no examples, you won’t score very well.

Note: I HAVE NOT CATEGORISED THESE ACCORDING TO WHICH TOPICS THEY REFER TO. YOU WILL NEED TO DO THIS YOURSELF. Why? Because it wouldn’t be fair that I did all the work for you.

Kate Burridge: http://theconversation.com/profiles/kate-burridge-130136/articles (this is a great resource for all of her credible articles published this year!).
So, what are some linguist quotes that would able to had a sprinkle of credibility to your essay? Note that all of these linguist quotes come to my past essays. 
David Crystal: “language has no independent existence apart from the people who use it”
Linguist Robin Lakoff: “gender is for all the bottom line of our sense of identity: from a very early age, the question of who we are and what we can and should do depends on whether we have learned in early childhood that we are a girl or a boy”

Linguist Timothy Jay: “American English speaking males swear three times more frequently than females and use stronger obscenities”

Linguist Robin Lakoff: tag questions “are associated with a desire for confirmation or approval which signals a lack of self-confidence in the speaker.”

Kate Burridge: “it [jargon] facilitates communication on one hand, but erects quite successful communication barriers on the other.”

As David Crystal maintains, “slang is not just a way for young’uns to separate themselves from elders it’s also a way for them to show unity with their peers. And of course, it can do this for any age.”

Cynthia McLemore (1991) from the University of Texas, stated that participants used a rising intonation “to signal identity and group affiliation, to establish what might be called a linguistic micro-community”

Linguist Clive Upton from the University of Leeds: “using “like” in this way is also about signalling membership of a club”.

“Linguistic change runs parallel with social change” – Linguist Felicity Cox

“This [decreasing usage of the Cultivated accent] is evidence of republicanism and socio-cultural changes” – Linguist Felicity Cox

Bruce Moore (Lexicographer) once stated that “of all the markers of identity, language is by far the most significant”.

Bruce Moore, “[the development of the Broad accent] was almost an unconscious, instinctive reaction to the imposition of British standards”

Bruce Moore states that “Australians are becoming more confident with the standard Australian accent – and that means there’s no longer the need for those sorts of extreme sounds [broad & cultivated accent]”.

According to Felicity Cox and Palethorpe, “the Australian accent’s shift to the middle ground is associated with blooming national confidence and a maturing identity, driven by the young”

Linguist Anna Wierzbicki, ‘no worries mate’ exemplifies Australian culture and identity, including “amiability, friendliness, an expectation of shared attitudes (a proneness to easy ‘mateship’), jocular toughness, good humour, and, above all, casual optimism.”

According to Kel Richards, “this [diminutive] is verbal signage we belong to the same mob. Many an inflated, smug, syllable-heavy word gets a quick snip with the Aussie verbal scissors to reduce it to a bonsai version of its former self.”

Finally, on another note, I want to thank Reema (a tutor at LearnMate) for finding this amazing article about the F-word has lost its taboo strength amongst many speakers in Australia. What do you think this could reflect about modern discourse in Australia?
According to the author Chris Jager, “An Australian judge has dismissed charges of offensive language against three marriage equality protesters who were caught on camera chanting swear words. Apparently, yelling expletives into a loudspeaker on public property no longer constitutes offensive language.” Has “fuck” lost its ability to offend? Should protesters be free to use any language they like during peaceful demonstrations? Or do you prefer “clean” language and censored headlines?

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Thanks! I sincerely hope this helps!


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