If you're a young woman, you've probably been told there's something wrong with your voice. It seems like there are always new features of women’s speech that need to be corrected, be ituptalk, vocal fry, higher pitch, swoopy intonation (believe it or not, that is the technical linguistic term), using discourse markers like “like,” or simply speaking too much. One...
In the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina, a few more elderly native speakers of Cherokee silently pass away every few months. A language spoken for at least three millennia in the region faces extinction....
La Suisse fait face aujourd’hui à des luttes intestines de nature linguistique: des cantons alémaniques refusent désormais d’enseigner le français dans leurs écoles primaires. Les Romands voient la cohésion de la nation en danger.
Mercedes Durham's insight:
Switzerland - English before French in some Swiss-German cantons...
University lecturer Dr Katie Edwards has faced prejudice for her regional Mexborough accent - so much so, that she's conducted research into it. Here, she explains why the problem is so much worse in academic circles
The fourth time a Poughkeepsie police officer told me that my Vassar College Faculty ID could make everything OK was three years ago on Hooker Avenue. When the white police officer, whose head was way too small for his neck, asked if my truck was stolen, I laughed, said no, and shamefully showed him my license and my ID, just like Lanre Akinsiku. The ID, which ensures that I can spend the rest of my life in a lush state park with fat fearless squirrels, surrounded by enlightened white folks who
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