Fighting Words - Indiana University Alumni Magazine
How thinking we're more different than alike has become a mud throwing contest.
"In spite of differences in where people live, how far to the edges of ideologies they lean, and income distribution, it’s how we think and speak about each other that has sociologists, political analysts, journalists, and linguists worried. Language matters. Linguistics, and specifically its branch sociolinguistics — communication, word choice, dialect, and tone as they relate to social factors like region, class, occupation, and gender — might provide some insights into how we got where we are.”