This episode is about the science of how people talk. We'll get into some of the nitty gritty science, like prosody and intonational variation, but we're really interested in why people resist changes to language. Why did France try to ban "le weekend," and why do some people, like, get so, like, upset when people use the word "like"? An expert in sociolinguistics talks about what our speech says about who we are, and why resistance to change has nothing to do with being right or wrong.
Nicole Holliday, Assistant Professor of Linguistics
Produced by Lauren Rebecca Thacker
Narrated by Alex Schein
Edited by Alex Schein and Brooke Sietinsons
Interview by Lauren Rebecca Thacker
Theme music by Nicholas Escobar, C'18
Additional music by Blue Dot Sessions
Illustration and logo by Dan Lee
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