Tutor profile: Hallie B.
How does the modern use of slang and the differences between British English and American English play a role in the way individuals communicate? How important are these factors in communication?
I think the invention of the dictionary is very important as it sets a standard for spelling if there wasn't a standard for spelling and everyone spelled certain words differently, I feel like to an extent if it got too obscure people would have a problem communicating in their written language. Granted, British English includes you in a lot of their words while American English does not however just in minor letter change such as that isn't a big problem when it comes to communication as it doesn't change the sound of the word however if you were to accidentally spell another word and maybe after dropping one letter it could change the entire meaning of the word, for example, their, they’re, and there. Spelling does matter when it comes to trying to get one’s point across. People are more inclined to Google the definition of a word today rather than pulling out their hardcopy of the dictionary, but that doesn’t make the physical copies any less important. Having a hard copy is crucial in case we were to lose technology. To an extent, I believe the dictionary is perfect. However, it doesn’t acknowledge the full extent of slang. Scholars would argue that slang is merely temporary, and the dictionary would constantly be filtering out words as they expire in use. Yet, I believe slang can be important. For example, “bingeable” is a slang term that has been used so often that it has made it into the dictionary as a formal word. Another example would be “mocktail.” It’s much easier to say mocktail instead of “non-alcoholic beverage.” Slang is important and is a common way of inventing new words. They tell a lot about the progress of our society as well as the interests of the people today.
Subject: US History
How did the development of highways impact urban areas and specifically minority communities?
By the 1950s, urban areas were mainly black populated as white families migrated to the suburbs. Most of the areas targeted by highway planners were black neighborhoods. In fact, when multiple routes were offered to leaders, they chose the routes that would travel through minority areas. Specifically, in southern cities, such as Orlando, Montgomery, and Pensacola, there was a frequent rip through black neighborhoods. However, the reorganization and lack of consideration were not limited to the southern states. In areas like Columbus and Chicago, there are prime examples of the division of minority neighborhoods. Columbus and Cleveland both had a high number of minority populations. Minority groups, specifically blacks, experienced the displacement of thousands in both cities.
How did the invention of the dictionary and printing press influence the development of the English language?
Having a standard for language allows the chance for everyone to learn it and for everyone to have an easier time understanding each other. From what I have learned about Chaucer and the development of Middle English, is that in order for there to be a functional written language, rules are required. Between British English and American English, there are examples of differing spelling. However, this does not mean the two countries do not speak or write the same language. The British and Americans can still understand each other despite some spelling or entire word differences. Chaucer helped immensely with the idea of formatting standard English. His words, and the invention of the printing press, allowed Europe to see an introduction to written English in replacement to the more popular French. Prior to Chaucer, everyone doubted that a text in English could be as appealing as one in French or Latin. Following Chaucer, there is now a framework on how to write while using English which standardized the language and makes it appealing to the reader. The rules make English approachable for everyone and most importantly legible for everyone. In most things, rules form regulations and Chancery English did just this for the writing of English. After all, he is the main reason as to why the dictionary was invented, to set a universal standard.
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