American English is Changing Fast

–William Labov, Profesor of Linguistics at University of Pennsylvania and author of Dialect Diversity in America, joins David to discuss the various and changing dialects and accents spoken in American English, and the political nd economic factors in those dialects –On the Bonus Show: Drunk driving permits, NFL brain injury tracking, expulsion for security issue reporting, more… If you liked this clip of The David Pakman Show, please do us a big favor and share it with your friends… and hit that “like” button! Become a Member Like Us on Facebook: Follow Us on Twitter: Get TDPS Gear: 24/7 Voicemail Line: (219)-2DAVIDP Subscribe to The David Pakman Show for more: Broadcast on January 24, 2013

17 thoughts on “American English is Changing Fast

  1. U fit the pattern perfectly. Now U R starting to post 2 comments for every one of mine. Typical Tea-Bagger MO. Next, you will stalk my page just as your hero, O’Reilly,.stalks female employees. He forced subordinates to listen to him wack off over the phone. He had a dildo up his ass at the time. After he spewed his pathetic load, he licked the dildo clean of santorum & his own old, stinky wad juice. The fact that you admire this man tells me all I need 2 know about you & your, ahem, “thoughts.”

  2. Our definition of “correct” pronouns is somewhat arbitrary. I’ve heard certain American dialects in what I’d consider the South that did not say “yall,” but “ye.” Until the 1940’s, a substantial number of Nantucket residents were still using ‘thou’ and other anachronisms. A few religious Quakers also use ‘thou.’ Richard Nixon was actually raised using ‘thou’ and supposedly didn’t stop until he joined the military.

  3. @0:29, It’s difficult for any linguist to accurately answer that question because a particular, and often extremely distinct, dialect may only be spoken by about 20 people. In the Chesapeake Bay, I’ve heard some dialects of English that sound almost Cornish and are border on being separate languages. Ditto for the Gullah dialect in Georgia, which borders on being a Creole language.

  4. Well, I think making an effort to enunciate, use correct pronouns, etc. is more civilized, whatever the accent. The speech a lot of us use at home or with friends can be a bit lazy and unrefined and simply incorrect. There is nothing wrong with that at all but I think an effort should be made outside the less judgmental environs of home to step up our game when speaking to others or conducting business. It’s just more pleasant and we stay away from the slippery slope of incoherence.

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