• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

To what extent does the language used to represent different groups of people need to be changed?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To what extent does the language used to represent different groups of people need to be changed? There are many areas of sexist language, which perhaps need changing for example the use of the generic 'he'. The word he has been used as standard and has been the norm in the language. However, the generic 'he' doesn't represent the both sexes. Another example can be the mankind, where man is used as the norm. The language has many derogatory terms for women. There are in fact over 230 demeaning words for women where as there are 20 or less for men. These derogatory terms in most cases used to insult the person, this is down to the prejudices that reflect towards women. There are three different titles for women, which can indicate different status. 'Mrs' indicates that the women is married, 'Miss' indicates that the women is not married and 'Ms' indicates that the women does not wish to reveal her marital status. The 'Ms' title has acquired negative connotations as it can imply prejudices that the women are some sort of feminist or even a man hater. ...read more.

Middle

This statement can become untrue as the person wit the disability may only have a small deficiency like there are visually impaired. The word spastic is originally a medical term, but it has been changed into a school ground insult where it has evolved into 'Spaz'. The correct term that should be used is CP Sufferer as this is less insulting and there are no insults that are linked. Personally I think that the word disabled isn't that offensive and if some one was to say that it was I would disagree on the grounds that there are more insulting words in the language. An article called 'Cripple beaten to death at home' written by a tabloid newspaper was going to far with the use of its words in its headline. The use of the term cripple indicated that the victim was also disabled, powerless and then they got beaten up. The headline could have just wrote man or women beaten to death at home, I think that the newspaper was trying to target its audience by emphasising the fact that the person that got beaten to death was actually a cripple. ...read more.

Conclusion

The term then is referred to as a 'brother' ('Ma nigga') I think that the language can change all depending on how the individual is and how they have been brought up. Out of all the three areas of language covered I think that racist language has to come 1st for most offensive as in most cases the language is then carried forward to a violent operation. Politically corrected language should be emphasised a lot as many of the non-politically correct words tend to be slang and or maybe racist. However there are exceptions to this, for example the term 'black' can be used to differentiate between say 2 people, this term may or may not cause offence but it is better to use the politically correct term instead to be safe. The language needs to be changed in all three areas that represent the three different groups, but the priority of this change should be Disablist and racist language as they are what cause the most offence and concern, sexist language isn't as important however the language could be fine tuned to accept both men and women into society a bit better. Sanjay Patel English Language ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Language: Context, Genre & Frameworks essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Investigating how language has changed in children's literature; in relation to interaction between ...

    5 star(s)

    Much of the book is based on these experiences, though the character 'Tom' is loosely based on his brother, rather than himself. * The content of Harry Potter and Tom Brown's School Days means that their audience is slightly broader than Malory Towers or School Girl Chums which are most

  2. Peer reviewed

    The Language used in School Reports

    3 star(s)

    Use of adverbs The use of adverbs is apparent throughout the whole database of reports. "However" is used on a number of occasions in the final section. This is a conjunctive adverb, connecting the two clauses and shows comparison of one pupil's varying classroom performance/behaviour.

  1. Peer reviewed

    How do people use language in Facebook status updates?

    3 star(s)

    This 6 year age gap seemed insignificant enough to trim down and the difference in language structure and level within the gap would be minimal and non detrimental. I collected the latest 100 status updates from a possible 460 people at 5.50pm, Monday 20th July 2009.

  2. An exploration of the extent in which childrens TV presenters accommodate to the participants ...

    and "you'll end up with bed-head (another colloquial expression) hair but you'll be so chilled you won't care!". Another example of informal speech is the presenters' use of grammar. In two cases one of the presenters omits the auxiliary verb and the subject when she says: "Ready to take on some tasks, maybe?"

  1. To what extent does the language used to represent men and women need to ...

    Their research suggests that men feel included and women feel excluded, in some cases alienated. The generic 'he' is the theory that 'he' has gained common usage through history. However, the common usage of this term can cause women to feel excluded by the term, men to feel subject to prejudicial treatment by language (i.e.

  2. An investigation into the language used to represent the views on the Islam4UK parade ...

    Furthermore it suggests the Islam4UK group cannot be trusted, implying their motives for this march extend beyond what they let on. As the article progresses, public reaction is expressed as "The plans have sparked outrage in the quiet market town".

  1. Why is it that when a woman says one thing her spouse hears something ...

    Achieve status (read this as independence). 2. Avoid failure. 3. Avoid isolation. 4. Achieve involvement. A woman's priorities are to: 1. Achieve involvement (read this as connectedness). 2. Avoid isolation. 3. Achieve status. 4. Avoid failure. As you can see, we prioritize our pathways to self-esteem in order of importance to us.

  2. Language and Sexuality throughout the Decades.

    She did not speak properly; she used slang words, and often cursed. Her use of language made her appear uneducated and low-class. This was a change that occurred in the 1980's. On the other hand, there was "The Oprah Winfrey Show."

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work