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Tue Aug 11, 2015, 07:59 AM

WATCH: Duggar son-in-law tells black friend that believing in evolution is racist

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WATCH: Duggar son-in-law tells black friend that believing in evolution is racist
David Ferguson
10 Aug 2015 at 10:44 ET

Duggar daughter Jessa Seewald posted a video to her YouTube account last week in which her husband Ben Seewald and his “brother in Christ” Dante Berry discussed racism and Christianity and claimed that the theory of evolution is not just a “false religion,” but racist.

Jessa Duggar Seewald, a star of TLC’s recently canceled reality show 19 Kids and Counting, has been using her YouTube channel to answer questions from her fans about Christianity.

“How should Christians respond to racism in America?” one viewer asked.

“There’s been a lot of, like, tension in America,” Ben Seewald said to Berry, “between, like, blacks and whites, and in the media, too. There’s been all these reports and, like, ‘race war’ and, you know, going on and everything, and these killings and people saying, ‘Hey, we’re trying to start a race war?’ How should we respond to that as Christians?”

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Reply WATCH: Duggar son-in-law tells black friend that believing in evolution is racist (Original post)
unhappycamper Aug 2015 OP
still_one Aug 2015 #1
shenmue Aug 2015 #2
roody Aug 2015 #3
Igel Aug 2015 #4
Angry Dragon Aug 2015 #5

Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:01 AM

1. and the earth is really flat according to some also

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:10 AM

2. The dumb



It is bad.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Aug 11, 2015, 08:34 AM

3. His home schooling taught him to

Say "like" between every phrase. Ugh.

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Response to roody (Reply #3)

Wed Aug 12, 2015, 09:58 AM

4. It's part of a particular register in a particular social dialect.

It's not academic, to be sure.

I'm not so sure it's not at least partly mainstream. No data.

(1) "Like" is counted as a discourse marker.
This seems not unreasonable an intro to it. There are better, but I'm not taking the time.

people.duke.edu/~eec10/tagliamonte_2005.pdf

Notice this is from 2005 and cites a fair amount of literature. It's old knowledge. Not as old as how symbols work--that's a century old. But the distribution and function of "like" isn't a mystery.

All languages have them. But they're usually a property of informal, colloquial, spoken language. It's considered good form in broad transcription to elide them. In that kind of transcription, you clean up ungrammaticality, break up sentences, generally clean up the text. (In very close transcriptions you indicate pauses and gaps, and every "um" and "oh." One way of making your team look good and the other team to look bad is to switch between transcription styles. Your guy looks articulate, intelligent, while the other guy can't string three words together. Comparing apples and apples might yield the same conclusion, the opposite, or that they're similar. Much safer to place both elbows on the scale--why risk just a thumb?)


Some consider (or perhaps "considered" is better) "um" and even "like" to be dysfluencies. But dysfluencies also serve to structure the discourse.

(2) "Like" also serves as a dialect marker. It says something about this where this Duggar's places himself in the overall scheme of dialects and groups. "Home schooler" isn't it, even though he may have been home schooled.

In some ways it's like the (later) spread of vocal fry, starting in about the same center of innovation and spreading by the same means. We get layers of these fads built up.

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Response to unhappycamper (Original post)

Tue Aug 25, 2015, 02:52 PM

5. He sounds like like he needs a little more schooling like like like

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