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Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics | Southmoore AP Human Geography | Scoop.it

"It may seem surprising, but in this age where geographic mobility and instant communication have increased our exposure to people outside of our neighborhoods or towns, American regional dialects are pulling further apart from each other, rather than moving closer together. And renowned linguist William Labov thinks there’s a connection between political and linguistic segregation.

 

"Labov suggests that it’s these deep-seated political disagreements that create an invisible borderline barring the encroachment of Northern Cities Vowels. When he looked at the relationship between voting patterns by county over the last three Presidential elections and the degree to which speakers in these counties shifted their vowels, he found a tight correlation between the two. And the states that have participated in the vowel shift have also tended to resist implementing the death penalty.

 

"Social identities are complex, and can be defined along a number of different dimensions like class, race, or ethnicity. Not everyone feels that politics are a part of their core identity. But I suspect that political ideology may become an anchor for accents to the extent that large social groups collectively identify themselves by their political beliefs. According to Bill Bishop, author of The Big Sort, this is happening more and more as Americans voluntarily cluster themselves into homogenous, politically like-minded communities."


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Before Rachel Dolezal, there was Walter White

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What happens next in Burundi could transform the whole region

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Xenophobia in South Africa

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New Blackbeards of Malacca Strait: Southeast Asia’s pirates are getting bolder

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India Flexes Its Muscle

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Chinese state media critical of Hong Kong vote

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Anti-Immigrant Party Gains in Denmark Elections

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Indonesian Christians pray in protest after government shuts down churches

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The Vatican is now the 136th country to formally recognize Palestine

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Israel's Ethiopian Jews clash with police at race rally

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Global Jewish immigration to Israel jumps 40% this year

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Women and Girls in the Afghanistan Transition

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Catherine Powell argues that the advances made by Afghan women since the 2001 U.S.-led intervention remain fragile.
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Emerald Pina's curator insight, May 19, 9:18 PM

The article talks about how gender  gaps are becoming closer and closer to being closed in Afghanistan. A fellow  for Women and Foreign Policy , Catherine Powell, talks about how the US could gain an upper hand on the gender equality situation in Afghanistan. 

 

This is article relates to Unit 6: Industrialization and Economic Development. The article talks about the issue of gender equality in Afghanistan. This correlates to the fact that gender equality is one of the factors to being considered a developed country. It also gives insight on how the United States are taking a stand tI the inequality issue around the world.

Eden Eaves's curator insight, May 24, 9:27 PM

Unit 6

Afghan women have made strikes in education, the economy, health care, politics, and border civil society since 2001 but these still remain very fragile. It is now time for the United States to take action and close the gender gaps, extend gender- equality gains, and prevent reversal. The advancement of women and girls correlates with gains in stability, security, and development. 

Isabella El-Hage's curator insight, May 26, 7:59 PM

This article discusses how even though efforts have been taken to strengthen the role of women and close the gender gap in Afghanistan, it's not enough, and the conditions on how society treats women, and the opportunities women are provided are still unstable. Catherine Powell, apart of the Women and Foreign Policy Program, argues that now is the prime time for the US to step in and implement diplomacy, defense, and development aid because of presidential elections are occurring. She discusses how improving the living conditions and opportunities for women links to improving education, economy, and the overall health of the country as a whole. 

This article links to Unit Three, Cultural Patterns and Processes, because it discusses women's role in some undeveloped countries, and how developed countries are trying to step in and eliminate the gender gap.