What is elaborated language?
In linguistics, elaborated language refers to the specially developed manner of speaking among the social middle and upper classes of a society. The British sociologist Basil Bernstein also referred to elaborated code. The adjective elaborated stands for carefully formulated, highly developed and nuanced.
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The elaborated code is a synonym for elaborated language and refers to the specially developed way of speaking of the social middle and upper classes.
The theory developed by Basil Bernstein deals with the differences between members of the same speech community. His basic statement was that people of the middle and upper classes express themselves differently, and thus in a primarily more nuanced way, than people of the social lower class.
The opposite of elaborated language is restricted language, which is characterised by simple, short and sometimes incomplete formulations.
Elaborated language is learned through the acquisition of education. Those who want to change their language habits and acquire parts of elaborated language should pay attention to correct grammar, complex sentences and the correct use of foreign words. Improving one’s own rhetoric can also have a positive effect on figures of speech.