Although this TED talk is a year old, I have only just come around to it, and I couldn’t not share it.
This is fascinating, and exactly what I try and think about when I am writing dialogue. It’s also one of the reasons I am drawn to want to understand the pragmatics of Linguistics – that is how and why the use of syntax (sentence structure) and semantics (eg. choice of word and its meaning) differe between those from different backgrounds, in particular different socioeconomic backgrounds.
Have I missed my calling? 😛