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Media: Children and Language: Taalk Propa? - A Follow-Up

Submitter: Madalena Cruz-Ferreira

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

Media Body: Further to my previous post on this topic (http://linguistlist.org/issues/24/24-746.html), Julia Snell kindly sent me her response to the same news story.

I thought it would be of interest to all of us: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/saying-no-to-gizit-is-plain-prejudice-8488358.html

Madalena Cruz-Ferreira
Issue Number: 24.767
Date Posted: February 12, 2013

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