Example sentences for: patois

How can you use “patois” in a sentence? Here are some example sentences to help you improve your vocabulary:

  • Black English, a patois, does not vary much from region to region and belongs to an ethnically defined social group.

  • Says Smith President Ruth Simmons about the prevalent patois: "It's minimalist, it's reductionist, it's repetitive, it's imprecise, it's inarticulate, it's vernacular."

  • In Black sittings its use ensures soldarity between speakers; in White or mixed sittings the use of the patois symbolizes social distance from mainstream society and an assertion of ethnic identity.

  • Then came its re-emergence in Beat and hippie patois, and its ascension into totemic status, as the primary pop-cultural word that future generations would associate with the youth culture of the 1960s.

  • The more linguistically distinct the sounds of a patois, the more it can come to symbolize social distance.


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