Sociolinguistics is defined as the study of language and linguistic behavior as influenced by social and cultural factors. But in practice, it is the scholastic canonization of "politically correct."
On Saturday while listening to Car Talk on my local PBS radio station, some gal called in stating she was a grad student in Washington DC studying sociolinguistics. Even Tom and Ray had to double-take on that field. It came about when they were questioning her about her car story that remotely involved her "partner." We find out later that her partner was her husband. She did not like the word spouse, claiming it was to restriction and non-inclusive. Wow.
It seems amazing that one would spend any money on a graduate degree in sociolinguistics. The scary thing about this is that these graduates will be "qualified" to find employment writing speeches or creating postures for political candidates or parties.
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