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Linguistics on the Playground

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Linguistics on the Playground

Linguistics on the Playground

Linguistics on the Playground

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NPR's Michele Norris talks with Penelope Eckert, a professor of Linguistics at Stanford University. She's studying the speech patterns of Northern California school kids, looking at how language, specifically the way vowels are pronounced, relates to social status.

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