writes: It might seem obvious that the kids are all like, yeah whatever, because they hear it on the tellybox. But in the field of sociolinguistics (the study of language in society) that has long been a contentious and hotly debated topic. In the latest issue of the Journal of Sociolinguistics is an article summing up 20 years of research on the matter and proposing a new research framework — followed by a series of response articles thinking it through from different angles. The skinny: there is some influence of mass media on spoken language, but it's nowhere near as simple as it seems. The main article is open access (Creative Commons Attribution License) but the response articles are paywalled.