Sociolinguistics – Characteristics of Language

Characteristics of Language:

1. Size : Larger in items (such as vocabulary) than a dialect

2. Prestige: Language has prestige, while a dialect lacks

3. Popular usage : the variety is widely used

4. Mutual intelligibility : understanding between the speakers in the given social context

5. Geography : language is defined by/based on the geography

6. Nationality : language is usually a nation

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