MSU College of Arts and Letters: What influences dialects?

This short video was recorded as part of the Michigan State University College of Arts and Letters Behind the Will series. The title is a riff on the MSU slogan “Spartans Will…”, and gives brief insights into the intellectual work of the College faculty. You can hear me talking about lexical differences across US regional dialects, and how such differences come about in the first place. To read more about what sociolinguistics is, how I got into it, and what we’ve been doing in the MSU Sociolinguistics Lab, check out the full story, published May 26, 2020. It was also featured in the university’s daily news publication, MSU Today.

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