In the news recently, there have been some interesting articles about language and accent.
In a recent article on goats and accents (YES, GOATs!), one study found that developing the right accent serves an important purpose for the goats.
“These accents allow them (the goats) to recognize who’s from their group and who’s not from their group, and it increases group cohesion,” the researcher said.
This happens with people too! We tend to feel more affinity towards people who speak like we do. We feel more comfortable communicating with people who communicate in ways that are easy for us to understand.
This includes not only consonant and vowel sounds….it also includes intonation and rhythm.
Below is the article about the goats.
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