May 5, 2023

Valerie Fridland - Professor, Sociolinguist, and Author | Language and the Good in Bad English

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➡️ About The Guest⁣

Valerie Fridland is a Professor at the University of Nevada, Reno, with a distinguished career in linguistics and phonetics. Her research interests include sociophonetics, language variation and change, and regional dialectology. She has contributed significantly to the field of linguistics through her publications in prestigious journals such as Journal of Phonetics, Language Variation and Change, and American Speech. Valerie is also the lead editor of Speech in the Western States Volumes I, II and III, which are widely regarded as authoritative works on the phonetics and dialectology of the American West.

In addition to her academic work, Valerie is an accomplished writer and communicator, writing a monthly column for Psychology Today. In her column, she applies her expertise in linguistics to topics related to psychology and mental health. Valerie's innovative research, insightful writing, and effective communication of complex ideas have earned her numerous awards and honors, including the Early Career Award from the Linguistic Society of America and the Regents' Award for Early Career Scholarship from the University of Nevada, Reno.

Valerie Fridland's contributions to the field of linguistics are widely recognized, and she is respected for her expertise in phonetics, dialectology, and sociolinguistics. Her research has shed light on the complex ways in which language is used and how it varies across different regions and communities. Valerie's commitment to effective communication and outreach has also made her a valuable resource for those seeking to better understand the role of language in society.

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➡️ Talking Points⁣

00:00 - Intro

02:43 - Valerie Fridland: The Linguistic Journey

05:45 - The Power of Language: How It Shapes Our Lives

17:27 - What Your Language Choices Reveal About Your Personality

22:02 - Women's Voices and Their Influence on Men's Speaking Patterns

33:46 - Language and Society Beyond North America

37:58 - The Globalized World: Implications for Language and Communication

42:11 - What Your Language Says About You: Insights from Val

45:56 - The Good in Bad English: Arguments and Perspectives

53:33 - Um, Uh, and Other Filler Words: Why We Use Them

1:05:14 - The Psychology of Swearing: Why We Do It

1:13:18 - Accent and Identity: How Our Environment Shapes Our Speech

1:19:23 - Val's Advice for Success and Her Contact Handles

1:23:35 - Valerie Fridland’s Definition of Success

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