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Media: Dialect Variation in the US

Submitter: Susan Fischer

Submitter Email: Susan.Fischer@rit.edu
Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics

Subject Language(s): English

Media Body: Article about Dialect Preservation through TV in the January 21, 2010
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Issue Number: 21.429
Date Posted: January 21, 2010

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