Language Communities Essay

EN 105

April 2012

Which of the language communities you belong to do you think is most mis-understood? Why? Describe that language community--its membership, practices, dialects, values--so as to "set the record straight" and clear up misconceptions and stereotypes.

There are several language communities that I belong to depending on my surrounding. I have a different community when I'm at home with my family and friends. I also have a different one when I'm at work. One thing that I find to be very interesting that I'm able to do is adapt to my surroundings. We have to be mindful of our environments when we go into our different languages. Some audiences may take some different languages as to be somewhat rude or disrespectful.

One of my different language communities that I am involved in, would be Ebonics. When I am around my friends, we all pretty much adapt to the other ones language. We use some words that we wouldn't want to say in front of others, so we would use Ebonics to cover it up. We wouldn't say rude or disrespectful things using Ebonics, its just a different language that my community would use to explain or describe something. Some Ebonics can be viewed as being rude or disrespectful depending on the audience, and some just would not understand. This language is mostly misunderstood, because it can be placed with the urban community. With the Ebonics language, it changes on a daily basis. There are more and more words that are being incorporated to the Ebonics. Not everyone that speaks Ebonics will be caught up on all of it. There actually is an online dictionary that people utilize to find out the meaning of a particular Ebonic word. This place on-line that people use is called "UrbanDictonary.com". This website will list every Ebonic word that is being used in society today. The site is kept up to date by the language community, to define the words. This is one language community that I am part of, and I do find it interesting and also confusing at the same time.

Another language community that I am part of is the Military. The military has several different language communities and not every branch is the same. My experience with this Language Community is with the Air Force. I was in personnel when I was in the Air Force and there were so many different acronyms that we used. We would have so many that even the ordinary Air Force member would not be able to keep up with our lingo. Hard part about this language community is when there is a non-government/military member that you have to break down some the language for. We become so used to the Military Lingo that it becomes second nature when we speak it. We that speak the language know when there is a military affiliated person when we hear the certain acronyms. There are certain words that when spoken, we automatically just know that they have history or experience with the military.

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Community     
     When community comes to mind, it reminds me of my own residence of living which encompasses the people, the parks, the REC centers and so on. But if the deeper meaning of community is searched, it seems to be more specific than just theses things.
     For example, there are communities that separate themselves from the rest of society and are distinguished by certain characteristics of mannerisms. Some of these groups could be considered cults, certain ethnic groups, religious groups or even the “class” that one belongs to. A college could even be considered as a form of community from a certain aspect. These are the things that separate us as…show more content…

     Another example is religion. Religion in itself is considered a community simply because of the fact that people congregate together with a certain belief system and they practice or show that belief through religion. Each religious group has activities, picnics, bake sales, etc., and do these things to either draw others into their community or to simply enjoy themselves in an area where they feel comfortable being with others of similar feelings or thoughts. Either way, some people feel a need to be involved with a religious community group in the same way that others like to be involved in a gambling group. It’s the way that it makes people feel and how they can express themselves or feel comfortable within that community setting.
     There are other communities that are also easy to distinguish from each other and that is the upper, middle, and lower classes. The community settings for these people can be very diverse when it comes to material settings or belongings, but the sense of community is still similar to others. It is stated well in Daniel Kemmis’s “ How

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