Are you a linguist? No. I became interested in dialects as an actor, and this interest become an obsession all its own. But no, I do not have an advanced degree in linguistics.
So, big shot, if you’re not a Ph.D, then why should I believe you? I have spent over a decade studying dialects intensely. And any time there is a gap in my knowledge, I try to be forthright about this.
Why did you start this blog? Because I love the dialects of English, and have found curiously few blogs about the topic.
You said (insert tidbit of information here), and I read the opposite somewhere else. Are you a liar? I try to be as accurate as possible on this site. However, the study of dialects often produces wildly contradictory information. The moment somebody finds evidence of one assumption, somebody else swoops in and points to evidence to the contrary. It is still an inexact science.
Are you a dialect coach? Yes, I am. For information about my coaching, visit the accent training section of this website.