Navigation Links
College-Bound Girls May Feel Pressure to 'Speak Properly'

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 26 (HealthDay News) -- As they near the end of high school, some teen girls feel increasing pressure to speak properly, while others don't feel the need to change the way they talk, a small new study finds.

"It seems as if in high school, students who want to go to a good college are the ones who early on begin to dial back their use of nonstandard language," Suzanne Evans Wagner, an assistant professor of linguistics at Michigan State University in East Lansing, said in a university news release.

"And the ones who have no aspirations to leave their local community, or who have no particular aspirations to raise their social class, are the people who have no obvious social incentives to change the way they speak," she added.

In her study, Wagner monitored the language trends of a small group of 16- to 19-year-old females in Philadelphia from their high school senior year into their college freshmen year. She recorded how often they used the suffix "-ing" instead of "-in'" in words. For example, did they say "running" or "runnin'"?

Girls who attended or planned to attend a national research institution increased their use of the more socially acceptable "-ing" pronunciation the most. There was only a slight increase in the use of "-ing" among those who planned to attend a community college, a liberal arts college or a regional small school.

Major research institutions attract students from around the country and these students seem to be happy to adopt a level of speech that's acceptable to society, Wagner said. But students who attend a regional or two-year college often come from the local area and may feel pressured to sound "local," she added.

The study was published in the journal Language Variation and Change.

More information

The Nemours Foundation offers tips for parents on how to communicate with their teen children.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Michigan State University, news release, December 2012

Copyright©2012 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Abused Black Girls More Likely to Develop Asthma: Study
2. Celebrating Little Girls – Children’s Brand mimvail Announces Debut Collection
3. Days for Girls International Declared a Nike Girl Effect Champion
4. Teen Girls Who Smoke May Up Risk for Future Bone Disease
5. Teen smoking decreases bone accumulation in girls, may increase osteoporosis risk
6. Dance boosts young girls mental health
7. Early Exposure to Stress at Home Affects Girls Brains, Study Says
8. Boys More Prone to OTC Drug Abuse Than Girls, Study Suggests
9. Weight gain worry for stressed black girls
10. Too Few Girls Get HPV Vaccine Against Cancer: CDC
11. Teen Girls Need Bone Health Advice to Stave Off Osteoporosis
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
College-Bound Girls May Feel Pressure to 'Speak Properly'
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a missionary ... Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published author, ... ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she has ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... CA (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... Cheng, are now treating sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. ... a serious sleep disorder characterized by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ... the introduction of an innovative new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder ... maximum comfort while controlling your pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... Rockville, Maryland (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 ... ... a magnetic drug delivery system that we intend to develop to enable prevention ... regimens can lead to severe hearing loss, especially in pediatric patients. For cisplatin, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... Leading pediatric ... peers in Washington, D.C., for the 49th Congress of the International Society of ... Vice President of the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:9/25/2017)... , Sept. 25, 2017  EpiVax, Inc., ... vaccine design, and immune-engineering today announced the launch ... the development of personalized therapeutic cancer vaccines. EpiVax ... provided exclusive access to enabling technologies to the ... MBA will lead EpiVax Oncology as Chief Executive ...
(Date:9/19/2017)... , Sept. 19, 2017 HistoSonics, Inc., a venture-backed medical device company developing ... of targeted tissues, announced three leadership team developments today:   ... ... ... Veteran medical device executive Josh Stopek ...
(Date:9/13/2017)... OrthoAtlanta has been named the official orthopedic and sports ... the 2018 College Football Playoff (CFP) National Championship to be ... Atlanta, Georgia . OrthoAtlanta is proud to ... in many activities leading up to, and including the national ... OrthoAtlanta ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: