Glossary of Linguistic Terms

Informal Language


Informal language is language use characterized by:

  • spontaneous speech in situations that may be described as natural or "real-life," and
  • the use of a "low” dialect or language in preference to a “high” one.


Here are some examples of language domains where informal language takes place:

  • Instructions to subordinates
  • Conversation with family and friends
  • Portrayal of "real" life in a soap opera

Glossary Hierarchy