Language attitudes 4 10 language attitudes and linguistic capital zbourdieu introduced zthe concept of linguistic capital to describe the respect or authority enjoyed by a speaker zthose with high linguistic capital speak with command ie the power to influence a. Just about everyone seems to have views about language language attitudes and language ideologies permeate our daily lives our competence intelligence friendliness trustworthiness social status group memberships and so on are often judged from the way we communicate. Language attitudes and language ideologies permeate our daily lives our competence intelligence friendliness trustworthiness social status group memberships and so on are often judged from the way we communicate. People have attitudes feelings beliefs about language in general their language and the language of other people they may feel that an unwritten language is not a real language they may feel shame when other people hear their language they may believe that they can only know one language at a time they may feel that the national language is the best language for expressing patriotism . Language attitude language attitudes are the feelings people have about their own language or the language of others attitude towards a language can determine whether the language continues or whether it is eliminated if a language has political and financial backing it has a good chance of surviving
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