A new article in the Stanford Report discusses the "Voices of California" project headed by Penelope Eckert (Professor of Linguistics). From the article:
"Penelope Eckert, a professor of linguistics at Stanford, was intrigued by the disconnect between California's diverse populations and Californians' views of their own speech as homogenous and indistinguishable. Eckert and her graduate students launched a multi-year research endeavor called "Voices of California" to fully investigate how English is spoken in different parts of the state.
Hundreds of interviews with California residents from Merced and Shasta counties have revealed the influence of the Dust Bowl migration from Oklahoma, and have highlighted differences between coastal California and the Central Valley."
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