A changing accent shows how language parallels politics

North-American-Dialects

Dialect regions as defined by the Atlas of North American English.

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion over whether the American public is becoming more and more politically polarized and what this all means for the future of our democracy. You may have wrung your own hands over the issue. But even if you have, chances are you’re not losing sleep over the fact that Americans are very clearly becoming more polarized linguistically.

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Regional accents in the U.S. are getting stronger

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Regional accents are the hallmark of who you are and are a tie to communities.

The United States is an international melting pot and the average American makes a dozen moves in a lifetime.  And regional accents are alive and well in America. ,William Labov, a professor of linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, says, in fact, regional accents are becoming stronger and more different from each other although it’s not entirely clear why.

 

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Every Language in the World Evolved From Single Prehistoric Mother Tongue

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Every language can be traced back to a long-forgotten dialect spoken by our Stone Age ancestors in Africa.

From English to Mandarin – Every language in the world evolved from a prehistoric ‘mother tongue. ‘ The mother tongue was first spoken in Africa tens of thousands of years ago, a new study reveals.

 

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OMG! Text Messaging Does Not Harm Kid’s Spelling Abilities

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Using text message language – the OMGs, m8s and 2mros – does not harm children’s spelling abilities, new research suggests, and may even be a good sign.  The study, carried out by Canadian researchers at the University of Alberta, suggested that children who are good at spelling “real” words are also good at spelling in text speak.

 

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