Mind Map of language habit critique

Format your Mind-Map so that the center topic is the name of your Speech Community along with a brief description,

Then, in the next level, add some cluster stems for each kind of Language Habit that you can think of within that speech community

Review the essay assignment, and your listening notes from the overview, to remind yourself of the types of speech acts such as sayings, phrases, questions, greetings, insults, curses, etc. that you may analyze.

Consider listing the lexicon or vocabulary terms such as slang words, evaluative words, interjections, ‘trigger’ words, offensive phrases, technical jargon, hybrid or blended language words, metaphorical or symbolic nouns and verbs, specifically stylized adjectives or adverbs, etc.

Describe ‘Speech Habits’ that make a more long-term, large-scale cultural impact on the speech community such as story-telling, song-singing or poem-reciting, oaths that are formally or ceremonially recited, lying or deception strategies, ways of using language to exert or resist authority – such as sarcasm, irony, etc.

In the outer level, please propose a few examples to illustrate that category.

To work inductively (moving from specific example to general categories) it might be helpful to write a dialogue or scripted exchange to fabricate a likely conversation or discussion that would take place in the speech community you are studying.

You may find it helpful to keep your notes with you through the day so you can add to them as ideas come to mind.

All in all, try to record dozens of pieces of data! It is always better to brainstorm more than you need, then narrow it down and add to categories as you begin developing an argument.

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