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Pronunciation, Prestige, and Punchlines: Q & A with David Crystal

Pronunciation, Prestige, and Punchlines: Q & A with David Crystal

Pronunciation can be a minefield of silent letters and tricky vowels — and a signal of social hierarchy. But accents and pronunciation also provide endless fodder for jokes. Linguist and author David Crystal discusses diction, accents, social class, and how people from the Victorian era to modern day have found humor in it all.

Talking Black in America: Q & A with Walt Wolfram

Talking Black in America: Q & A with Walt Wolfram

A new documentary, Talking Black in America, explores African American English through interviews with linguists, speakers, and educators. Walt Wolfram, director of the Language and Life Project and the film's executive producer, discusses the project.