I had a bunch of ideas for posts while doing dishes tonight that all revolved around dialects in some way, and so I'm going to declare this dialect week. Before I forget here are my teasers:
1) Dialects versus languages and why is standard English standard?
2) Middle class, status, and, hey, who stole my accent?
3) Humor, Margaret Cho, and "Mock Asian"
4) Anything interesting that I remember about dialectology in the next few days
5) Tom and Jerry and AAVE
I don't know if these will all be individual posts, but there you go.
And now that I've declared that this is dialect week, I am going to type up a much shorter post having nothing to do with dialects at all.