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Sociolect

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Do you say the word “Like” too much? Follow these steps to get rid of this habit
Modern “like” usage stems from what's known as “Valleyspeak,” an American sociolect that began in the 1970s in California's San Fernando Valley. Frank Zappa parodied it with his daughter Moon Unit in the 1982 song Valley Girl, incidentally Zappa's only ...
The Linguistics of LOL
To a linguist, all of this sounds a lot like a sociolect: a language variety that's spoken within a social group, like Valley Girl–influenced ValTalk or African American Vernacular English.
The Secret (Internet) Language Of Parents
Linguist Gretchen McCulloch explains that the rise of this sociolect (aka a variety of language spoken by a particular social group) is pretty common.
The perils of jargon: a plea to speak in plain English
The road sign blocking my route across west London last week simply read: “Reinstatement.” Of what or whom was anyone's guess; as with all government notices, customs forms or indeed anything penned by petty bureaucrats, it made about as much sense ...
The argument against the use of the term “Latinx”
In the macrocosm of its geolect or sociolect, or in the microcosm of the individual, language is always changing. It's a living organism, and it carries a lot of power.

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