terça-feira, 16 de março de 2010

Language and social class

For those of you interested in the relationship between social class and language, check the link below, it's a discussion on the relationship between language and social hierarchy:


Of special interest is the comments that follow, posted by native speakers from different areas. Below is an example from a person from Buffallo, talking about their impression on the use of the plural word "YOUS" as the plural of "YOU."

"I am from the Buffalo, NY area and local usage of "yous" as a plural for you is a signal that one may not have gone to college, though the usage (or yousage) is pretty widespread. In fact, I went to college in Rochester, NY where students from all over the state were matriculated and my extremely nasal accent was generally considered declasse(...)"

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