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The Geography of Language


by H. Rex Wilson - 1970

There are many reasons why people who can understand each other more or less well speak their language differently. There are such factors as education, social group, and age, but one of the most striking ones is difference of location. This does not mean that climate, soil types, or differences in mineral deposits in the geological substrata—or even the stars—dictate the way in which we speak. Separation of two groups which once spoke alike can guarantee that in time they will develop different ways of speaking their language. These ways of talking may be further differentiated by association with other groups of speakers of the same or another language, but separation alone is enough.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 69, No. 2.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 71 Number 6, 1970, p. 64-84
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19577, Date Accessed: 11/17/2019 11:56:07 PM

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