CARRIE: Welcome to the Vocal Fries Podcast. This is a podcast about linguistic discrimination and how not to be an asshole. I’m Carrie Gillon.
MEGAN: I’m Megan Figueroa. I’m a linguist and that makes me a scientific studier of language. This does not mean that I speak a ton of languages – that’s not what a linguist does. Although there are some linguists that do know a lot of languages, I am NOT one of them. And actually the reason I’m not one of them made me pursue linguistics in the first place. My dad’s first language is Spanish but he decided not to teach me for a variety of reasons that will come up in a later episode – but spoiler alert, it’s based in ethnic discrimination.