English Controlled Assessment spoken language Essay
The English language, although used by almost all across the United Kingdom, has been mutated and altered in so many ways that sometimes we cannot even understand it ourselves.
One of the main factors that affects our understanding of the language is one’s regional accent. Although most words and phrases will be comprehensible some phonetics may have changed so much that all we can do is hope that the context of what has been said makes sense in order for us to ‘fill in the gaps’.
My paternal grandmother, as related to me by my father, spoke with a West Country accent. ‘West Country’ refers to a large band of accents heard in the South of England, starting about fifty miles West of London and extending to …show more content…
At the other end of the spectrum, age-wise and grammar-wise, there is my 5 year old nephew, Ollie.
He speaks quickly and sometimes gets his word order incorrect because he says things in a rush. He uses lots of fillers, such as ‘like’ and ‘erm’ which at his age is not a problem as such but it is a habit that would be easier to break while he is still young. His use of fillers is easily corrected by allowing him time to think about what he wants to say before he says it.
When he talks to adults however, he converges by slowing his speech and the general quality improves. I think this is due to pressure to get things correct, and even now, at 14, I get self-conscious when I’m talking to some adults, especially when I am trying to make a good first impression.
I think we share our main worry: being judged.
Ollie has language that he uses when he is with me and also that which he