Definitions for speech community

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

speech′ commu`nity(n.)

  1. the aggregate of all the people who use a given language or dialect.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

Origin of speech community:

1930–35

Princeton's WordNet

  1. speech community(noun)

    people sharing a given language or dialect

Wiktionary

  1. speech community(Noun)

    A group of people sharing a language, or a particular way of using that language

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  1. Speech community

    A Speech community is a group of people who share a set of norms and expectations regarding the use of language. Exactly how to define speech community is debated in the literature. Definitions of speech community tend to involve varying degrees of emphasis on the following: ⁕Shared community membership ⁕Shared linguistic communication Early definitions have tended to see speech communities as bounded and localized groups of people who live together and come to share the same linguistic norms because they belong to the same local community. It has also been assumed that within a community a homogeneous set of norms should exist. These assumptions have been challenged by later scholarship that have demonstrated that individuals generally participate in various speech communities simultaneously and at different times in their lives each of which has a different norms that they tend to share only partially, communities may be de-localized and unbounded rather than local, and they often comprise different sub-communities with differing speech norms. With the recognition of the fact that speakers actively use language to construct and manipulate social identities by signalling membership in particular speech communities, the idea of the bounded speech community with homogeneous speech norms has become largely abandoned for a model based on the speech community as a fluid community of practice.

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