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p. 474. People, language, and dangerous thingslocked

  • John C. Maher

Abstract

Knowing other languages is a sign of education, of global connectedness. As we move in and out of places and situations we encounter people who have different languages and different ways of talking. ‘People, language, and dangerous things’ considers how people do different things with language, in all kinds of jobs. Each person is located in a linguistic space, hearing and seeing themselves as distinctive. The speech of people whose words and sounds are similar in structure and function creates a bond of fellowship based on a truly common experience. Local dialects and occupational dialects are statements of association, of identity. When you speak to others you are also speaking to yourself, confirming who and what you are.

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