Colleges and universities have been on the forefront of this debate.
Although several issues germane to the debate on political correctness go beyond the scope of this chapter, at the heart of this controversy is the question of what language behaviors are appropriate and what language behaviors are inappropriate.
Dating Information Because nearly everything changes with time, it is important that we date the information we communicate by telling when it was true.
Not dating leads to inaccuracies that can be dangerous.
Intensifiers are words that modify other words and serve to strengthen the idea represented by the original word.
So, according to studies of the actual speech practices of men and women, women are more likely to use words such as awfully, quite, and so (as in It was quite lovely or This is so important). Even though the differences are relatively small, they have judgmental consequences: “Observers perceive the female and male speakers differently based on their language use” (p. Female speakers are rated higher on sociology intellectual status and aesthetic quality.
For instance, we may have a generalized concept of men. To index, (1) consider whether what you want to say is about a specific object, person, or place, or whether it is a generalization about a class to which the object, person, or place belongs.
Through appropriate language, we communicate our respect and acceptance of those who are different from us.
Thus they use talk as a way to exert control, preserve independence, and enhance status.
Speaking Appropriately During the last few years, we have had frequent discussions and disagreements in the United States about” political correctness.
Henderson City still may have problems, but then, it may not.
Had Laura replied, Five year ago, I know they had some real trouble with their schools, I’m not sure what the situation is now, but you may want to check, Parker would look at the information differently.