Lecture 1 - True or False? The official language of the...

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True or False? • The official language of the United States of America is English. False
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True or False? • The language of prestige in England (at least in recorded history) has always been English. False
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True or False? • President George W. Bush is a fluent speaker of English. True
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True or False? • “It don’t matter.” is a grammatically correct sentence in English. it depends on the dialect
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True or False? • “He be runnin right now.” is a grammatical sentence in African American English. False
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True or False? • There are biological differences that predict, on average, that men will speak at a lower pitch than women (or that women will speak at a higher pitch than men). True
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True or False? • In the United States, on average, an 8-year old girl speaks at a higher pitch than an 8-year old boy. True
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True or False? • English has the largest vocabulary of any language in the world. ?? It very well might due to its heavy borrowing from many languages, but what’s the point of this question?
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An adage to guide us ALL AMERICAN LANGUAGES ARE EQUAL BUT SOME AMERICAN LANGUAGES ARE MORE EQUAL THAN OTHERS
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A sociolinguistic introduction to language use and ideology in the United States Linguistics 55AC The American Languages Instructors: Wesley Y. Leonard (Wes) Donna Fenton Allegra Giovine
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Immediate Course Business • Waitlist Procedures • Section Meetings – Start NEXT week
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