Diglossic linguistic contexts exist in single-language communities that use two or more markedly different varieties of a language, or two different languages, in different contexts. The variety used may be determined by whether the language is written or spoken in a given instance, or by the relationships between participants in a discourse. Considerations such as age, gender, social status, and the topic under discussion may all contribute to the form chosen in any given instance.

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