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What Does Your Speech Say about You?

Lecture no. 1 from the course: Language and Society: What Your Speech Says About You

What Does Your Speech Say about You?

Taught by Professor Valerie Fridland | 31 min | Categories: The Great Courses Plus Online Literature & Language Courses

Begin to investigate how language both reflects and shapes our social world. Observe the ways in which your speech signals information such as your age, economic class, gender, ethnicity, or place of origin. Grasp how even subtle linguistic variants such as -ing versus -in’ (e.g. going vs. goin’) in verb endings communicate important information between speakers.

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August 30, 2016
My college French teacher turned grayer after my two years in his class, due to my heavy accent from being raised in southwestern and the coastal area of Virginia. Now living in Illinois where I am ask where did live before moving here. People with southern accent are treated as if they are less intelligent or slow to understand. I just love languages and I have attempted to learn foreign languages. I was even in charge of ARC language bank which I built up to over 126 languages. What I lack in language skills I have learn to use my knowledge about cultural manners and rituals. Plus... Good Ole Southern Hospitality!

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July 18, 2016

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d********m
June 16, 2016
Interesting content, and excellent speaker

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