Adventures in Language

Teaching Tips & Tricks | What is the Dialect Dilemma?

December 02, 2021 Mango Languages
Adventures in Language
Teaching Tips & Tricks | What is the Dialect Dilemma?
Show Notes

If you’re learning a language, you need to know about dialects. Dialects are different ways of speaking a language – think British English vs. American English. But when you're learning your target language, should you absorb multiple dialects, or just one? In this podcast, your guide Emily (linguist, PhD) shares why dialects matter, and the 4 things you need to know about them in order to reach your language goals!

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Wondering what languages were used in today’s episode?
Punjabi (Pakistani) | السلام علیکم means hello (lit. 'peace be upon you.’)  رب راکھا۔ (rab raakhaa) means goodbye (lit. god savior)
French | Sans plus tarder means ‘Well, without further ado’
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Want to know more about the role of dialectal diversity in language learning?
Ringer‐Hilfinger, K. (2012). Learner acquisition of dialect variation in a study abroad context: The case of the Spanish [θ]. Foreign Language Annals, 45(3), 430-446.
Walker, A. (2019). The role of dialect experience in topic-based shifts in speech production. Language Variation and Change, 31(2), 135-163.
Williams, G. P., Panayotov, N., & Kempe, V. (2020). How does dialect exposure affect learning to read and spell? An artificial orthography study. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.
Cheng, C. C. (1996). Quantifying dialect mutual intelligibility. In New horizons in Chinese linguistics (pp. 269-292). Springer, Dordrecht.

Emily Sabo (PhD, University of Michigan) is a linguist at Mango Languages. A Pittsburgh native, her areas of specialization are the social and cognitive factors that impact bilingual language processing. Having studied 7 languages and lived in various countries abroad, she sees multilingualism -- and the cultural diversity that accompanies it -- as the coolest of superpowers. Complementary to her work at Mango, Emily is a Lecturer of Spanish at the University of Tennessee, a Producer of the “We Are What We Speak’ docuseries, and get this...a storytelling standup comedian!

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