The idea that young people — especially young women — are the engines of sociolinguistic change might need an update. We’re getting one from Dr Mary Kohn of Kansas State University.

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Show notes

Teenagers’ Role in Language Change Is Overstated, Linguistics Research Finds

Teens Aren’t Ruining Language

Mary Kohn’s website

How Do Children Change Their Vowel Pronunciations As They Age? (paywall)