Social Saturdays’ posts look at the social side of language. After all, language isn’t just a way to communicate, it is communication.
… This is a question which, I’m afraid, I won’t be able to answer. I would love to; however, just like the conundrum of how African American Vernacular English came into being, it’s simply not known.
Many branches of linguistics are new and so there are rarely definitive answers when it comes to pragmatics and conversation analysis, to sociolinguistics, and to child language acquisition.
However, there are theories, and that’s enough to work with. Continue reading