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Media: Children and Language: Taalk Propa?

Submitter: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

Submitter Email: mcf636@hotmail.com
Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition

Media Body: A delightful report from The Guardian on children, accents, and spellings. Or: How to Talk Proper, and Write Proper, Too:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2013/feb/08/taalk-proper

With my thanks to David Brett for the tip!

Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
Issue Number: 24.746
Date Posted: February 09, 2013

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