Professor Uh, hi, Lisa, what can I do for you? Student Well, I’ve been thinking about, you know, what you were saying in class last week, about how we shouldn’t wait until the last minute to find an idea and get started working on our term paper. Professor Good, good, and have you come up with anything? Student Well, yeah, sort of. See, I’ve never had a linguistics class before, so I was sort of, I mean, I was looking over the course description and a lot of the stuff you described there, I just don’t know what it is talking about, you know, or what it means. But there was one thing that really did jump out at me Professor Yes? Student The section on dialects, cause…like, that’s the kind of thing that’s always sort of intrigued 刘刘刘刘刘刘 刘刘刘刘刘 Learn and Share 刘 67
me, you know? Professor Well, that’s certainly an interesting topic. But you may not realize, I mean, the scope... [email protected] Student Well, especially now, cos I’ve got like one roommate who is from the south and another one from New York. And we all talk like totally different, you know? Professor Yes, I understand. But… Student But then I was noticing, like, we don’t really get into this till the end of the semester, you know. So I… Professor So, you want some pointers where to go for information on the subject? Well, you could always start by reading the chapter in the book on social linguistics. That will give you a basic understanding of the key issues involved here. Student Yeah, that’s what I thought. So I started reading the chapter, you know, about how everyone speaks some dialect of a language. And I’m wondering like, well, how do we even manage to understand each other at all? Professor Ah, yes, an interesting question. You see… Student So then I read the part about dialect accommodation. You know, the idea that people tend to adapt their speaking to make it closer to the speech of whomever they’re talking to, and I’m thinking, yeah, I do that when I talk with my roommates, and without even thinking about it or anything, you know. Professor OK, all right. Dialect accommodation is a more manageable sort of topic. Student So I was thinking like, I wonder just how much other people do the same thing. I mean, there are students here from all over the place. Does everyone change the way they talk to some degree depending on whom they are talking to? 刘刘刘刘刘刘 刘刘刘刘刘 Learn and Share 刘 68
Professor You’d be surprised. Student So, anyway, my question is, do you think it’d be OK if I did a project like that for my term paper? You [email protected] know, find students from different parts of the country, record them talking to each other in different combinations, report on how they accommodate their speech or not, that kind of thing?
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