Does our dialect determine how we are perceived by others?

A dialect is distinguished by its vocabulary, grammar, and pronunciation (phonology, including prosody).  This video depicts how pronunciation, and word choice can influence everyday life matters or events.


How is culture related to dialect?

Culture is most notably the set of shared attitudes, values, goals, and practices that characterizes an institution, organization or group. The following video supports how culture plays a major role in language and dialect. There are greetings as simple as, “How are you?” that could easily be misinterpreted if unaware of the many dialect variations in Japan.

Language and Literacy

The link below discusses the importance of talking! The article states that, “Creating environments where children were surrounded with rich oral language—the children had significantly higher test scores in reading (a random sample from many schools was selected to control for school quality and other factors).” This site is about supporting learning before, during, and after school hours. Language and speech are key players in literacy!