The Three Stages of Language Development

When speaking or writing, there are three levels of formality that can be employed. Communication style is influenced by the use of different levels of language. Everyone who uses language does so to suit the different purposes for which they will be putting it to use. In this article, I’m referring to the concept of style and its corresponding aspect of formality.

We can be more careful or more relaxed in our speech or writing, just as we can be in other aspects of our lives. In other words, just as different types of clothing are appropriate for different social occasions, different writing and speaking styles necessitate different language usage. In each language, this is done in a slightly different way. We pay more attention to our language when we are in a more formal setting. You can express yourself in a more informal or more formal manner if you are an educated native English speaker. No two languages are exactly alike, and this is true not only for geographical reasons but also for reasons related to social and cultural status.
English has an informal, semi-formal and a very formal level of etiquette. There are various levels of formality in the English language, known as registers. These levels are based on the context in which they take place. Is there a better way to express oneself in terms of vocabulary and grammar? They are only as good as their context-fit allows them to be. The problem is that we shouldn’t settle for poor English. The goal of standardising the language of instruction should be an overarching one in society.

You may come across the following situations:

Slang, colloquialisms, informal vocabulary and regional expressions are all examples of informal language. In terms of language, slang is the most casual. Every day, we use informal language in our conversations. It’s a common word in both written and spoken communication.

Standard vocabulary, conventional sentence structure, and few or no contractions are all characteristics of semi-formal writing (full forms like I have, do not, etc.). Colloquialisms are much less common in semi-formal writing. The indefinite pronoun “one” is used instead of the more conversational “you” in some cases. Assignments to students often have this kind of tone.

Standard vocabulary (or more learned words), technical jargon, and complex syntax characterise this level of formality. The use of formal language is more prevalent. In a professional journal, you’ll find this type of writing.

As an author, it is important to keep in mind that her tone and attitude are the result of the combination of language and rhetorical devices she employs to convey her message.

In addition to being an expert in languages and literature, Marco Antonio Bomfoco is an ardent advocate for universal education. He is a resident of the southern Brazilian state of Parana.