I’d love to hear more about your experiences with code-switching and how you manage your various linguistic identities. This has been a fascinating subject for me since I was a kid and came to love all the variety and history of the English language. By which I do not mean to diminish the downside, pain, and exhaustion that it must bring to be required to perform such code-switching not for enjoyment but for survival. It’s only that I have always loved learning about different dialects and expressions in English and that each regional way of speaking, whether a racial or class based sociolect adds greatly to the richness of the language. I am so glad that the old institutions that stigmatized some forms of English and privileged others have come under rigorous question in the last 50 years and I hope, will continue to be dismantled and made obsolete. I like the way the BBC has embraced regional dialects, one step in the right direction.

Linguist, philosopher, lover of history, wordhound, 21 year New Yorker, searching for meaning in the universe

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