Narrating this review of what scientists know about speech and language, Andi Arndt could not sound more intelligent and knowledgeable. Her clear and natural delivery strikes a balance between dispassionate and overeager teaching. Like the author, she lets the data speak for itself. Professor Kinzler is a social activist and tireless researcher who cites many studies about how people stereotype, judge, and mishear others when they speak differently. Southern accents; foreign accents; and such variables as vocal clarity, pitch, pacing, and the vernacular of subcultures and adolescents are all fair game for the research she summarizes. Well-organized and appealing to hear, this audio is a pleasing invitation for listeners to check the human tendency to look down on people who sound different. T.W. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: SEPTEMBER 2020]
Trade Ed. HMH Books 2020
DD ISBN 9780358172239 $28.00
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