Link: “Do accents disappear?

Original post found at: https://theconversation.com/do-accents-disappear-192548

An article talking about how accents have shifted over time (generally towards a “standard”, prestige accent) in the US, and how this can feel threatening to people because accents are so bound up in our sense of identity. The article makes a distinction between “dialect loss” (which it argues is bad, according to linguists) and “accent evolution” (which is neutral). I’m not sure how I feel about this, if only because I feel like both phenomena have much the same causes. But I do also feel like there’s value in having a “standard” language form which is readily comprehensible to all. Perhaps we need greater knowledge and acceptance of code-switching 🙂 Along with understanding that where people don’t use local dialects/accents it’s not because they’re inferior, but just because they’re less universally understood…

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