Defining Dialect, Perceiving Dialect, and New Dialect Formation: Sarah Palin’s Speech

@article{Purnell2009DefiningDP,
  title={Defining Dialect, Perceiving Dialect, and New Dialect Formation: Sarah Palin’s Speech},
  author={Thomas Purnell and E. Raimy and J. Salmons},
  journal={Journal of English Linguistics},
  year={2009},
  volume={37},
  pages={331 - 355}
}
Nonlinguists prove surprisingly good at recognizing dialects, even as dialects rapidly evolve. During the 2008 U.S. presidential election, Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech was intensely discussed among linguists, the media, and laypeople. Though Palin is from Alaska, her speech was often identified with the Upper Midwest.The authors explore what this mismatch can tell us about dialects and their perception, starting from a description of Palin’s speech as commented on… Expand
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