Exploring the Echoes of Social Changes: Case Study of Language Infantilism

Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 6, November 2015

8 Pages Posted: 7 May 2016

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Gennady Glukhov

Samara State University of Economics

Irina Martynova

Samara State University of Economics

Date Written: November 30, 2015

Abstract

Infantilization is increasingly becoming one of the major trends in contemporary society. A remarkable feature of social trends is that they could influence changes of language. The changes driven by growing infantilism of speakers are identified in this paper. The aim of this work was to further extend current knowledge of extra linguistic reasons that affect linguistic behavior. A preliminary attempt to trace the areas of language where changes have been taking place is presented in order to illustrate the growing tendency towards language infantilism. The present analysis provides a possible explanation for the growing tendency to use linguistic strategies more typical of younger generations in adult speech. Thus, the paper synthesizes the results from several primary literature papers and produces an argument about language infantilism and its correlation with the social trends. Overall, this research is initiated to invite the discussion in the field of recent changes in the linguistic habits of society.

Keywords: infantilization, language infantilism, language change, contemporary society, adaptation

JEL Classification: Z10

Suggested Citation

Glukhov, Gennady and Martynova, Irina, Exploring the Echoes of Social Changes: Case Study of Language Infantilism (November 30, 2015). Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences, Vol. 6, November 2015. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2775821

Gennady Glukhov (Contact Author)

Samara State University of Economics ( email )

141 Sovetskoi Armii St.
Samara, Moscow 443090
Russia

Irina Martynova

Samara State University of Economics ( email )

141 Sovetskoi Armii St.
Samara, Moscow 443090
Russia

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