What kinds of variation do we see in language? What does it mean for a linguistic system to be classified as a dialect or its very own capital-L Language? This week on the Ling Space, we talk about linguistic variation: the ways in which dialects can differ, what underlies different grammars, and why every version of a language is okay.
Today’s episode deals with linguistic discrimination and prejudice, and why all dialects are equally rich and valid. Pretty attached to this one – it’s easy to feel shame about the way you talk, even if you’ve studied all the reasons you shouldn’t! So embrace your nonstandard ways of speaking, because SCIENCE. 😀