In Britain, linguists have noticed that more and more people are switching dialects depending on social circumstances. A University of Glasgow team is hoping to find out more about the phenomenon and find out if bidialectalism fluency functions in the same way bilingualism does.
The project will focus on the small town of Buckie on the Scottish Northeast coast. Natives speak the Buckie dialect, but are becoming more and more adept at Standard Scottish English, as well.
Buckie is also, coincidentally, the hometown of lead researcher, Jennifer Smith. You can hear her here: