Idiolect is the unique way each of us has of using language. E.g. personal slang use, accent, dialect, mumbling, speaking quickly, specific lexical choices.

Sociolect is the characteristic language of a particuar group (teachers, teenagers, computer experts, chavs, etc.)

Speech community - a group who share a similar social experience, so have similar vocabulary grammar. E.g. fans of heavy metals; members of an isolated Scottish island community; work.

Social context - where you are and…


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