Some articles on speech, speech styles:
... Avoidance speech, or "mother-in-law languages", is a feature of many Australian Aboriginal languages and Austronesian languages and some North American languages, some Ethiopian Highland East Cushitic languages and ... Avoidance speech styles tend to have the same phonology and grammar as the standard language they are a part of ... tends to be smaller than in normal speech, since it only needs to be used when conversation with the taboo relatives is necessary ...
Famous quotes containing the words style and/or speech:
“I might say that what amateurs call a style is usually only the unavoidable awkwardnesses in first trying to make something that has not heretofore been made.”
—Ernest Hemingway (18991961)
“If we would enjoy the most intimate society with that in each of us which is without, or above, being spoken to, we must not only be silent, but commonly so far apart bodily that we cannot possibly hear each others voice in any case. Referred to this standard, speech is for the convenience of those who are hard of hearing; but there are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout.”
—Henry David Thoreau (18171862)