Schwäbische Schande: Dialect shaming in German — Loving Language

Shame plays a significant role in language. Everyone uses a language, and a society can distinguish insiders and outsiders according to arbitrary linguistic criteria. For example, one can declare that the person who says, “I’m not,” to be educated and sophisticated, but the one who says, “I ain’t,” to be provincial and backwards. What if […]

via Schwäbische Schande: Dialect shaming in German — Loving Language

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