Discuss the complex relationship between language and social power.
Directions: Answer questions 1 and 2 in detailed essay format – one essay per each question, four paragraph minimum per essay. Outside sources should not be necessary, but must be properly cited if used.
1. Discuss the fundamental concepts of Sociolinguistics including: performance, competence, prescriptivism and descriptivism and the distinction between language and communication. Give examples.
2. Discuss the complex relationship between language and social power. Give specific examples where language is used to establish power through normalization and othering. Give examples from lecture as well as your own observations in society.