What is plain speech? Who in Bauman’s article makes use of plain speech? How does the use of plain speech related to hierarchies of power in 17th Century England?

Interpersonal communication Questions

  1. What is plain speech? Who in Bauman’s article makes use of plain speech? How does the use of plain speech related to hierarchies of power in 17th Century England?
  • For the Quakers, what was at stake as a consequence of using plain speech? What did they stand to gain? What did they stand to lose?
  • Similar to the situation Bauman describes, we inhabit a linguistic world with a variety of communicative forms and practices that differentially valued. Think of a communicative practiced (broadly conceived) that is devalued by another, larger community. Why might this communicative form be devalued by outsiders? What purposes might this communicative form hold for insiders?
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