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Accent Expert Gives a Tour of North American Accents – (Part 3) | WIRED

For a third time, dialect coach Erik Singer takes us on a tour of different accents across English-speaking North America. Erik, along with a host of other linguists and language experts, takes a look at some of the most interesting and distinct accents around the United States, Mexico and Canada.

Host: Erik Singer
Director: Alice Roth
Producer: Alyssa Marino & Erik Singer
Director of Photography: Charlie Jordan
Production Manager: Morgan Winters
Editor: Justin Sloan
Post Production Manager: Nick Ascanio
Head of Programming for WIRED: Chris Conti
Linguists: Nicole Holliday, Megan Figueroa, Sunn m’Cheaux, & Kalina Newmark
Dialect demonstrations: Amani Dorn
Language Nest Revitalization Efforts in Hawaii footage courtesy of ʻŌiwiTV and ʻAha Pūnana Le
A huge special thanks to:
Pamela Vanderway
Eliza Simpson
James N. Stanford
Nacole Walker
Justin McBride
Zachary Cooper
Reg Charging
International Dialects of English Archive
The Language & Life Project
Talkin’ Tar Heel, How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
Dr. Walt Wolfram
ʻŌiwiTV and ʻAha Pūnana Le
For more reading and resources check out:
The American Dialect Society:

Dictionary of American Regional English and Field Recordings:

Indigenous North American accents:

African American Language:

New York Latino English:

Appalachian English

North Carolina accent and dialect variation:

Learning the tools and skills needed to be good at teaching or doing accents:

Language variation and education:

Language discrimination and racism:

Lots of accents:

Harvard Dialect Survey

Podcast Resources:
Lingthusiasm podcast
The Black Language podcast
Because Language podcast
The Vocal Fries podcast

00:00 – Intro
00:16 – Southern California 
01:07 – Surfer Accent 
01:30 – Chicano English 
02:51 – Navajo English
03:23 – African American English in California 
03:55 – Pacific Northwest
04:13 – San Francisco cot-caught merger
04:30 – Vancouver, Canada 
04:44 – Matanuska-Susitna Valley
05:29 – Northwest Territories, Canada
06:16 – Toronto 
07:27 – Newfoundland
08:44 – Northeastern New England 
09:58 – Conclusion
10:57 – Resources

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Accent Expert Gives a Tour of North American Accents – (Part 3) | WIRED


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