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Book: The Five-Minute Linguist

Chapter: 42. What is the Connection between Language and Society?

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.38162


Language and society are deeply intertwined. Our social background, like our ethnicity, social class, or gender identity, conditions how we speak. Conversely, we tend to evaluate the speech of others based on social judgements, reinforcing existing social inequalities.

Chapter Contributors

  • Jon Forrest ( - jkforrest) 'Indiana University'