I did this review for the NYT. The book is, among else, a stealth way of learning just what it is many linguists do. Kinzler gets that what’s interesting is the counterintuitive, rather than confirmation of common assumptions.
“An Englishman's way of speaking absolutely classifies him, The moment he talks he makes some other Englishman despise him.” Great new book by Katherine Kinzler (former student) shows Henry Higgins got it right.
Great review of what looks like a fantastic book!
Fascinating tidbit about when children learn certain kinds of things.
"As notes, 'Linguistic bias is part of our basic cultural fabric...It’s sanctioned by the law, it’s allowed by culture, and it’s practiced so frequently that people do not even realize when it is happening.'”
“Linguists who specialize in the intersection of language and sociology have found that people of the lower middle class, in settings where their speech is being evaluated, tend to speak more ‘correctly’ than even upper-middle-class or wealthy people do.”
"Amid our discussions of racism, sexism and even classism, we don’t spend much time thinking about the ways we can be biased when it comes to how people speak. It is[]one of the last prejudices permissible in polite society." 's book in !
The always brilliant ’s glowing review of ’s ’s book (“How You Say It: Why You Talk the Way You Do—And What It Says About You”) in will make you want to buy the book faster than a hot knife through butter. 😉
"How You Say It makes a crisp but comprehensive case ... that although our distaste for ways of speaking that differ from ours is baked into us, true civilization requires that we work against it as much as possible." Looks fantastic, !
The Biases We Hold Against the Way People Speak