(NEW YORK) — If you want to know whether your teenage girl wants to go to college, listen carefully to how she talks.
A new study from Michigan State University found that girls who were looking to further their education started changing the way they spoke in the hopes of fitting into a larger arena. The girls spoke more carefully than casually and no longer shortened words like ‘running’ to the slang term ‘runnin”.
Researchers concluded that girls with lower social and educational aspirations felt no pressure to change and no incentive to stop sounding local.
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